Adventurous businesswomen Charlotte Jones and Harriet Spalding have raised more than £12,000 for charity after climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Harriet’s footsore efforts have boosted the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation to the tune of £5,500.
While Charlotte – better known as Charlie – has raised more than £6,500 for The Aplastic Anaemia Trust.
Charlie, 24 and Harriet, 29, have been friends since school.
Harriet’s family own property company The Mandale Group and are patrons of the Teesside-based charity which sees leading companies and individuals work together to make the area a better place to live, work and do business.
Charlie is a member of the Jones family, owners of Armstrong Richardson in Stokesley.
For her the challenge was a way to honour her much-loved late grandfather and former CEO of Armstrong Richardson, Brian Jones, whose life was cut short due to Aplastic Anaemia.
Charlie said: “It was incredibly tough, we completed the seven-day trek as part of a larger group and many of them suffered altitude sickness during the climb.
“Some were so bad they couldn’t go any further had to be taken back down but Harriet and I were determined that nothing was going to stop us.
“We trekked through the night to reach Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point, and we made it to the top just as the sun was just starting to rise which made it a very emotional moment, it’s a memory that will stay with me forever and I can honestly say it was the best week of my life.”
Harriet said: “When Charlie came up with the idea of trekking Kilimanjaro for charity I jumped at the chance to join her and raise money for the Philanthropic Foundation.
“Our friends and families really got behind what we were doing and it’s thanks to them that we’ve been able to raise as much as we have.
“It was a once in a lifetime experience, definitely the biggest challenge I’ve undertaken so far and before we had time to unpack Charlie was already starting to plan the next fundraising quest.”
The Aplastic Anaemia Trust is Armstrong Richardson’s chosen charity for 2017 and later this year a team from the company will take part in the National Three Peaks Challenge – an event where participants attempt to climb the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.
Other activities are also in the pipeline including a sponsored sky dive for the very brave-hearted.
Any donations raised for the charity will be matched pound for pound by the company.