7:01am Tuesday 22nd October 2013
TWO Newbridge friends have conquered the highest free-standing volcano in the world to raise almost £15,000 for charity.
Mark Shepherd, 39, and Rhodri Evans, 37, were part of a 50-strong team led by rugby international player Martyn Williams, and wildlife presenter Iolo Williams, to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.
The duo spent ten days on the Trek With Legends challenge to raise funds for the Stepping Stones Appeal, which raises money for lung cancer research at Velindre Cancer Centre.
Mr Shepherd, who runs companies Accentuate Design and The Events Room, and Mr Evans, a patent examiner at the Intellectual Property Office, Newport felt compelled to sign up to the event after Mr Shepherd’s business partner Matthew Jones was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2011.
They organised several fundraising events in the run-up to the challenge including; a sponsored bike ride, run on a treadmill and guest appearances at Rodney Parade, Newport.
They reached the summit at 19,340ft on September 26 after a four-day climb and were among only 36 who made it to the Uhuru Peak due to altitude sickness and health problems.
Mr Shepherd, a father-of-one,said: “ Whilst this was the toughest thing (both physically and mentally) we have done, or will ever do, it was well worth it, thanks to the donations we received and the difference this will make to the Velindre Cancer Centre.”
“ In total, as a pair, we raised just under £15,000 while the group as a whole raised well over £250,000. Therefore we would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone for their support and kindness which will help Velindre progress in their efforts to gain victory over cancer.”
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