Blind British veteran reaches Kilimanjaro peak on charity climb

Mark Threadgold at the summit of Kilimanjaro. Photo: Facebook/blindveteransuk

Blind British armed forces veteran Mark Threadgold has fulfilled a lifelong ambition by climbing to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

In a climb which took just eight days, totally blind Mark accompanied by Sports and Recreation instructor Russell Scullion successfully reached the summit in a charity climb on behalf of the Blind Veterans UK, following the Lemosho route with charity challenge.com.

Blind Veterans UK support anyone who has served in the Armed Forces, or who has done National Service, and who is now living with significant sight loss.

In preparation for the climb, Mark conquered the summits of Snowden, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike.

“I billed it as the trip of a lifetime and it absolutely was”, said Mark. “Nothing could’ve gone better. It was an absolute privilege to stand on the roof of Africa.”

“In total we had 57 support staff with us and the level of support and enthusiasm was absolutely amazing. Everyone worked their behinds off,” he added.

At the time of writing, Mark has raised 75% (£681) of his £900 target. If you would like to support his fundraising appeal, you can do so by visiting his JustGiving page.

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