Trekker smashes target

A BRIDLINGTON man aiming to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro next month has smashed his fundraising target following a Race Night held at the Rags Hotel.

Paul Russell, a technician at Bridlington Spa, begins the gruelling challenge on June 22, to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

The 54-year-old was overwhelmed when nearly 100 people turned up to the event and helped him raise £1,000 – bringing him well over his target of £5,000.

Paul said: “The place was rammed – I couldn’t have wished for a better turn-out. Raising a staggering £997 was the real icing on the cake. It was an amazing night.

“I would like to thank everyone that helped make it such a successful event.”

Paul has spent months training in preparation for his Kilimanjaro Trek, which he will complete in memory of his close friend Carole Clayton who passed away after suffering from cancer.

Paul’s father, Ken, and work colleague Elaine Sanders Brown were also diagnosed with the disease last year. Both now are on the road to recovery.

He added: “I recently watched a TV programme about ordinary people trekking to the summit of Kilimanjaro.

“The programme gave me a bit of a wake-up call on how challenging and extreme the Kilimanjaro trek is, even for the most fit.

“It has certainly made me more focused on the whole challenge. It’s really hard, and scary, to imagine that we will be nearly four vertical miles up and at least half way out of the earth’s atmosphere.”

For more information on taking part in an Overseas Challenge for Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/events/overseas