Yorkshire MD scales Africa’s highest peak

Published on Thursday 23 February 2012 (12:00pm)

The Managing Director of Leeds based Yamato Scale Dataweigh, a leading manufacturer of multihead weighers and checkweighers, has successfully climbed Africa’s highest mountain – Mt Kilimanjaro – and raised over £10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society. Neil Fowell braved dehydration, altitude sickness and 16 hour hikes to raise the money during the 10-day trek earlier this month.

After completing the climb he commented:  “Over the course of the ascent, I developed an incredibly strong bond with my team – we became almost like a family. So strong was this bond we were one of the few groups where every single person made it to the top successfully. Because of this, our guide dubbed us ‘The 100% Team’, something we are all very proud of. Without the support and encouragement of each other, I doubt we would have made it and I’ve certainly made some friends through this experience that I’ll stay in touch with for life.

“The Alzheimer’s Society is a cause which I feel very passionate about and I’m very grateful to everyone who sponsored me. My father-in-law passed away in December after suffering with the disease and many of my friends’ parents are starting to go through various stages of the illness, so I wanted to do what I could to help. I have to admit I was a little nervous about the trek but I prepared properly and tackled every step safe in the knowledge that I was raising money for an extremely valuable organisation. Once I’ve fully recovered, I would certainly like to have a crack at another of the world’s highest mountains - Everest.”

To donate to Neil’s Trek Kilimanjaro appeal, visit http://www.justgiving.com/Neil-Fowell/2