Team from Harborough firm hit the heights

The Kilimanjaro trek team from Welcomm Communications presenting a cheque to the Headway charity
The Kilimanjaro trek team from Welcomm Communications presenting a cheque to the Headway charity

A team of colleagues and customers from Market Harborough firm Welcomm Communications have climbed the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

The ten-strong team scaled the 5,896m Mount Kilimanjaro to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary and to raise money for the brain injury charity Headway Leicester.

They raised an amazing £8,543 – smashing their target of £5,000.

Adam Stanton, from the firm, said: “Headway is very close to my heart since my mother suffered a stroke several years ago.

“The charity enables her and others to cope with their changed lives.

“It was a challenging trek for all of us. The climb to the top was a 15-hour hike and we were some of only 40 per cent of people attempting the climb that actually make it to the summit.

“Knowing the money was going to a great cause spurred us on to succeed.

“Thank you to everyone for their generous donations which will be massively appreciated by myself and the charity.”

Headway staff were invited to Welcomm’s Christmas meal to accept a cheque and photo montage of the trip.

Alison Leight, from the charity, said: “When managing director Chris Stanton approached us in July with his plan, we really didn’t think it was possible.

“But raising so much for us in such a short time is remarkable – to say nothing of the extremely hard work his team put into the trek.

“We’re thrilled, and humbled by how hard they worked, thanks so much to them all, and everyone who donated.”

The team of seven staff and three customers included Craig Austin of J R Allen & Sons, Terry Orton of Maple Fleet Services and Steve Bennett of Ecolutia Services.

You can still donate funds to support the team’s efforts at the website www.just
giving.com/teams/Welcomm-Communications-Ltd.