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Two Dorchester work colleagues conquer Mount Kilimanjaro

Colin Johnson and Marcus Drysdale at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

Published at 8:19am 14th March 2019. (Updated at 8:28am 14th March 2019)

Dorchester's Colin Johnson and Marcus Drysdale have exceeded their fundraising target after returning from their Mount Kilimanjaro challenge.

The pair opted to climb Africa's highest peak in aid of the NSPCC, after promising to fundraise for the children's charity over 10 years ago.

The work colleagues, took five and a half days to reach the summit and had been hoping to raise £4,000 to help keep children safe from abuse.

However, since getting back last week, the pair have been delighted to see the total amount raised climb to over £8,000 - more than double their target.

Colin Johnson and Marcus Drysdale

Reflecting on their challenge, Marcus said: "When we saw the target, we were a little bit overwhelmed because it is a lot of family, friends and business associates who have all been interested in our journey, they've been very generous.

"The trip was amazing, it was a really great experience for both of us - obviously it was tough but the whole thing was really good and we were well looked after."

Despite only just returning from their trip, Marcus says they could be tempted into tackling another challenge in the future.

He added: "We don't have anything planned and won't for a little while, but I know that Colin has done a lot of training and he's keen to carry on with the fitness regime.  People get bitten by the bug and I like taking on a challenge, this one was a bit different - but it was a wonderful experience."

Caroline Morgan, Community Fundraising Manager for Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Dorset added: "The trek is a fantastic achievement by Marcus and Colin and we are glad they're back home safe and sound. They have raised a fabulous amount for local charities and helped local children through the NSPCC for which we are extremely grateful. The NSPCC is one of three charities to benefit from the climb, which has raised £8,190 in total so far." 

The money will help the charity protect children from abuse through the services it offers.


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