Kilimanjaro climb success

15 March 2019
Skipton man Matthew Wilson has conquered Kilimanjaro in a ten-day climb which has raised thousands for Martin House.

Matthew, 31, made the 5,900m ascent up the peak in Tanzania – Africa’s highest mountain – in February, raising more than £5,600.

He said: “It was really hard but just absolutely amazing. It was honestly the best experience of my life.”
It took nearly six days to climb the mountain, where Matthew had to face the challenges of being at such high altitudes.

He added: “When we were on the final ascent we set off at midnight, so we could get up to the summit for daybreak, but I was walking up in the pitch black and all I could see were people’s head torches, and the extreme altitude was so tough, I was losing my breath all the time.

“It really helped to think about the sponsorship I’d raised and all the support I’ve had, to drive me on and get to the top.”

Matthew decided to tackle the challenge after retiring from the rugby pitch, having played for Skipton RUFC for 20 years.

He said: “I’ve got two children, and I’m very fortunate they are healthy, so I wanted to support a children’s charity. Martin House and the work it does just stuck out straight away.”

Chris Verney, regional fundraiser at Martin House, said: “It was an incredibly tough challenge, but Matthew did an amazing job, and absolutely smashed his fundraising target. We’d like to say a huge thank you to him.”