Pair reaches new heights to raise money for charity

Cliff Woodward at the summit of Kilimanjaro
Cliff Woodward at the summit of Kilimanjaro
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EXTRAORDINARY employees have taken on an epic mountain climb for charity.

Cliff Woodward and Scott Mills from Taylor Made Computer Solutions in Fareham climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in aid of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Account manager Cliff said: ‘I was elated to get to the top. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, but the most rewarding.’

The pair’s adventure took place over six days, with the climbers stopping at camps at various stages between treks of up to eight hours in temperatures ranging from 30C to -20C.

‘It’s hard to get across how difficult it is,’ said Cliff.

‘When the air is so thin, just lifting your arms up can make you breathless and your head aches.’

The friends battled altitude sickness, headaches, exhaustion and shortness of breath during the daunting climb up the 5,985-metre mountain in Africa.

Cliff said: ‘By the time you get to the top you’re taking three steps, and stopping to breathe for 15 seconds before taking another three.’

Unfortunately, Scott fell ill and was one of seven team members who had to abandon the trek on the final day.

However the pair raised more than £8,500 between them, which contributed to the whole team’s £165,000 total.

Taylor Made has supported the Air Ambulance charity throughout the year with a number of events.