Buckingham man thanks all who supported charity climb

RSPCA chief inspector Rob Hartley from Buckingham
RSPCA chief inspector Rob Hartley from Buckingham

An RSPCA chief inspector from Buckingham has completed a charity trek up Kilimanjaro with 12 colleagues.

Fifteen RSPCA inspectors set off on the climb this month to raise money for the animal charity, which is dealing with the most trying financial situation it has ever faced.

They used one of the most difficult routes, the Machame route, to ascend the 19,340ft-high mountain.

Two had to abandon the ascent due to altitude sickness but 13 made it to the top.

Among them was Buckingham man Rob Hartley, who is based at the RSPCA’s Blackberry Farm animal rescue centre at Quainton.

It took seven days for the party to reach the highest point, Uhuru peak, climbing for about eight hours each day.

Mr Hartley said: “It is without doubt one of the hardest challenges I have undertaken and the effects of walking at altitude should never be underestimated.

“In all, I covered 80km in five days.

“I am very proud of my achievement and would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone that has sponsored me and supported my effort, including the Swan Leisure Centre who provided me with temporary gym membership to help me get fit and allowed me to fundraise. I have exceeded my £4,000 target by £600 and the team target is approaching £70,000.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/rob-hartley