Seven members of the Borders Barmy Army (BBA) have just returned from a fundraising challenge which took them all the way to Africa.
The intrepid group climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity, raising almost £24,000.
Six days of climbing took the group to the summit at over 19,000ft.
Lee Myers said witnessing the effects of altitude sickness among the group as they made the ascent was “frightening”.
“We were in a group of 25 run by Action Challenge, the majority of which suffered the effects of altitude sickness. Symptoms included vomiting, nose bleeds, swelling of the brain, hallucinating and exhaustion.
“Of the 25 attempting the summit, five people were forced to turn back due to severe altitude sickness and two needed to be evacuated from the mountain.”
However, Lee added: “We are very proud to say that six of the seven BBA members made it to the top of Kilimanjaro, the seventh getting extremely close, but was unfortunately forced to turn back under doctor’s orders due to extreme altitude sickness.”
For the seven BBA members the trip was no holiday.
After 25 hours of travelling, the group set off onto the mountain the next day, and afterwards had a few beers to celebrate before flying home the next day.
Reflecting on the trip, Lee said: “Climbing Kilimanjaro was a once-in-a-lifetime experience – one that we will never forget. It was by far, physically and mentally, the toughest challenge we have ever undertaken.
“But it was also the most rewarding.”
The seven members of the group – Lee Myers, Liam Myers, Kevin Traill, Robert Sinclair, Richard Minnikin, Jenny Rankine and Karen Horsley – are grateful to all the companies and individuals who supported them.