THEIR flags have been proudly flown at Fratton Park and to welcome home sailors – and now they have reached the dizzy heights of one of the world’s highest peaks.
Flags made in Waterlooville at Hampshire Flag Company have been flown at 19,341ft at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
The company donated the specially-made flags to two firms who sent out teams to climb Africa’s highest mountain to raise money for charity.
The firm, based at Waterberry Drive, continues to pull out all the stops in aid of a good cause.
It made a 65ft banner for The News to welcome home sailors on HMS Liverpool on Monday and last year made a 40ft by 20ft white flag – reading Pompey ‘til I Die – to show how much fans love their team.
Neil McCue, 39, from Hayling Island, who is group board director of car dealership firm Snows Group, climbed to the top of Kilimanjaro with the company’s chairman Stephen Snow.
Mr McCue said: ‘The last day was brutal. It was a 17-hour day.
‘It was the hardest thing I have ever done.
‘I was absolutely shattered, but it was a very rewarding experience.
‘It was very humbling. I was sick with altitude sickness but at that stage you just want to get to the top and get the picture done.’
The Snows Group raised £20,000 for a local children’s charity, Cash for Kids, which works to help sick and underprivileged children.
The second flag was flown by couple Zaki and Dominique Kanaan, from K2Dental in Fulham, who raised £6,000 to help provide dental care to people in Tanzania.
Graham Wilkinson, managing director of Hampshire Flag Company, said: ‘Seeing these successful business people give up time, energy and expense to make a difference to the lives of others is an inspiration.
‘Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is no mean feat and we’re extremely proud that our flags have been taken to the summit twice over the course of the summer.’
The company has now set its sights even higher – to fly a flag at the top of Mount Everest.
Mr Wilkinson, a keen traveller, visited Base Camp last year and has handed over a Union flag, which will be taken to the top by climbers. A team attempted to take the flag to the top last year, but turned back due to bad conditions.
Mr Wilkinson now hopes the flag could reach the summit next spring.