TWO Ashington fathers are to embark on a challenge of a lifetime this week by climbing the tallest freestanding mountain in the world in aid of Sussex Air Ambulance.
Brett Coleman and Scott Fegan decided to raise funds for the life-saving charity helicopter after a neighbour was airlifted.
Brett, 35, has already completed two marathons in two weeks – London and Brighton – but is now setting his sights 19,341ft higher by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.
He will be joined by friend Scott Fegan, 43, and it will take them six days to reach the summit when they fly out to Tanzania on Wednesday.
He said: “Hot on the heels of two marathons in two weeks, I decided to up the game slightly.
“I spent 10 years of my life in five-star hotels working for BA so camping will be very testing.
“We chose to raise funds for the Air Ambulance because a neighbour was seriously hurt in an accident which resulted in the parents of their child needing a miracle.
“A miracle happened because of the efforts of the Air Ambulance team and the fact that they carry a specialist doctor and critical care paramedic on board.”
The 18-year-old was involved in a road traffic collision in Ashington and was given emergency treatment at the road-side.
She was then flown to a London major trauma centre in just 16 minutes – a journey that could have taken more than an hour by road.
The teenager is now back home and undergoing rehabilitation and Brett and Scott are aiming to raise a grand total of £10,000 for the Air Ambulance which relies almost entirely on donations.
The pair have so far raised £7,780 from a number of fundraising events including the Ashington Village Ball which will be held on Saturday at 7pm. Tickets are still available at £30 each by calling 07793 205078.
The black tie ball will include a buffet dinner, licensed bar, music, a raffle and silent auction.
Scott collected £150 from the Church Lane Café at Ashington Church.
He and Brett can be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/kili13 or by texting tanz58 £5 or tanz58 £10 to 70070.