A MAN has completed the ascent to the summit of Mount Kilimajaro in memory of his father.
By climbing to the top of the mountain, Chris Worden has so far raised over £2,700 for St Francis Hospice, Brentwood, which cared for his dad while he suffered from cancer.
Mr Worden told the Gazette: "I've not done anything like this before and I wanted to do something big.
"After dad passed away I thought I'd sign up for a trek and raise money for Saint Francis Hospice because of the support they gave us.
"It was hard work and at the higher altitude it was difficult to breathe.
"It took eight hours and every ounce of energy to combat high winds and freezing temperatures to reach the summit.
"However, I'm pleased to have realised a goal and been able to support Saint Francis Hospice in the process."
Chris's father John was cared for as an inpatient at St Francis Hospice when he needed support during his battle with prostate cancer. He died in September 2011.
Chris added: "Saint Francis Hospice provided wonderful support to dad and me.
"The doctors and medical teams really explained things, which helped me cope with what dad was going through. I wanted to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money so that other families can benefit from the hospice care when they need it just as we did."
You can still make a donation to support Chris at www.justgiving.com/chris-worden or by texting CLIMB69 followed by the amount to 70070.