5:00pm Monday 21st October 2013
AN Evesham chiropractor raised £1,000 after she scaled Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.
Delia Oliver, from Emerald Chiropractic in Merstow Green, took on the challenge to raise money for the Emily Jordan Foundation, which helps disabled young people with training, education and employment.
She flew out to take on the challenge last month and headed up the Rongi route, one of the least-used routes.
The 33-year-old said: “We walked through cultivated land, forest, heather, moorland, alpine desert and then finally to the summit.
“On the day of the summit we climbed from the Kimbo base camp of 4,700m to the summit of 5,895m. We started at midnight and we reached the summit by 7.30am.
“Every 200m we reached the temperature would drop by a degree, by the time we reached Gilmans point the temperature was minus 12 with a wind chill.
“The oxygen level had also dropped by half. There were 11 people in our group and nine of us reached the summit.
It was the most fantastic experience with a wonderful group of people and I would recommend anyone to do it – but just the once.”
The Emily Jordan Foundation was set up in the name of the former Worcester schoolgirl, who died at the age of 21 in a riverboarding incident while on a gap year in New Zealand in 2008.
Donations can be made to Delia by visiting justgiving.com/delia-oliverkilimanjaro.
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