From Wi Fi To Climb High For Ride High

Ride High - a Milton Keynes-based charity for disadvantaged children is about to be almost £10,000 better off – thanks to a local IT expert who climbed high.
Nov. 22, 2012 - PRLog -- Jeff Stanford, IT director at nationwide childcare group Asquith Day Nurseries braved altitude sickness and freezing temperatures last month to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.

He said: "I wanted to both raise money for this excellent charity that gives needy children the chance to ride and look after horses and ponies and to challenge myself at the same time."

He added: "There were nine of us in the group. It took 4.5 days to climb the 19,340 foot high peak – and 1.5 days to get back down. But all the physical training before the trip and the mentally and physically exhausting trek - including highly debilitating bouts of altitude sickness - were worth it just to stand on the summit and watch the sun rise over East Africa and realise I had achieved my goal and raised almost £10,000 for the children."

The team, helped by local porters, traversed five eco-zones in six days, from rain forest to glaciers and in temperatures ranging from 80 degrees Fahrenheit to well below freezing.

A spokesman from the Milton Keynes-based Ride High charity said: "In total over £30,000 was raised on that climb for our charity. We help many children from deprived backgrounds including those that have been bullied or suffered abuse. We know that children that participate in the Ride High project have positive experiences that help them deal better with things they find difficult in their daily lives."
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