Lincoln fundraiser's Kilimanjaro climb raises over £3k
A Lincoln-based fundraiser who aimed high with a £2,500 target for a sponsored climb of Mount Kilimanjaro has topped the £3,000 summit.
But 25-year-old Bilal Butt was part of a 10-strong team from the UK and abroad who jointly raised more than £40,000 for an international charity.
Mr Butt, a purchasing and supply chain manager at James Dawson & Son, took on the African challenge in aid of the Ummah Welfare Trust.
But even Mr Butt has been surprised at the generosity of friends, family and work colleagues after his financial return for the international relief and development charity.
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The group is looking at a running total of £40,688 so far – with his employers at the Tritton Road high performance hose company chipping in with a £250 donation.
"I have always wanted to be involved in an event that raises a life-changing sum of money for less fortunate people," said Mr Butt.
"I jumped at this opportunity when I was approached about it – not realising what I was actually getting myself into!
"When I finished I felt relief that it was over and I'm very proud to have achieved what I promised all my sponsors I would do.
"I would recommend the Kilimanjaro trek to anyone who is thinking about going.
"The experience is once-in-a-lifetime and the views from the top will be some of the best memories you have.
"But it took 18 months of preparation and now I'm looking forward to new challenges."
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro took Mr Butt six days to complete – four-and-a-half days up the mountain and one-and-a-half for the descent.
All the money raised will go to impoverished families and orphans in Somalia.
The climb was just a taster for two more major fundraisers in successive years.
Next year he intends to participate in Tough Mudder – a 12-mile obstacle course set by the armed forces that has been labelled the Toughest Event on the Planet.
And in 2015 he plans to climb an 8,000m high Himalayan mountain – which is 2,000m taller than Kilimanjaro.