A BOROUGH councillor is feeling on top of the world having conquered Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.
Byfleet and West Byfleet ward councillor Amanda Boote has so far raised more than £4,000 after her epic adventure conquering Africa’s highest mountain.
The summit of Kilimanjaro, named Uhuru Peak, stands at 5,895m or 19,341 feet, making it the world’s tallest free standing mountain.
Amanda undertook the climb as a 50th birthday challenge and tackled the Machame – the most difficult route – in just four days. The descent took just two days
“It has been the biggest challenge of my life so far’’, said Amanda, who is raising money for Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice in Surrey.
She added: “It was a magical feeling to be at the top and to be on the ‘roof of Africa’.
“It was very cold at the top of the mountain and it had the most snow that it’s seen for 15 years and was a magical experience.
“We reached the summit on New Year’s Day and the view across Africa was simply stunning.
“The altitude does make you feel sick, dizzy and it affects your memory, as you have only 50% of the oxygen at the top that you have at sea level – for me it made me lose my appetite and it made me unable to sleep much.
“It was so nice to sleep when we descended to the new camp and the best bit was having a shower when we finally made it back to Moshi (in Tanzania) as we hadn’t showered for six days!’’
Amanda, an Independent councillor, of High Road, West Byfleet, covered all the costs herself, so any donations go directly to the charity
She added: “I would like to thank everyone who has already made and generous donation.
“If there are still some wellwishers who would like to help, they can visit my JustGiving page.’’
The Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice cares for babies, children and young people with life limiting conditions, and their families.
Amanda concluded: “For me, these children are the real heroes. I am a huge fan of the work that the hospice does, including creating precious moments to remember.’’
If you would like to make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amanda-boote2