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Bond and other BMRA heroes scale Kilimanjaro

Heroes from the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) have made more than £25,000 for the Birmingham Children's Hospital by climbing to the top of the world.

The intrepid adventurers made the trip up mount Kilimanjaro to raise the money for the hospital, which will be donated at the BMRA's Half Yearly dinner next month.

Jake Adam, David McWatt, Simon Bucknell, Peter Charles, Chris McDonagh, Jamie Page and John Tandy all successfully reached the summit of the Tanzanian mountain.

While George Bond and his dad George H Bond also made their way up part of the mountain.

Former BMRA president George Bond said: "On the morning of Friday October 14 we made the high altitude trek across the frozen tundra to Kilimanjaro base camp - "Kibo Huts" - at 15,510 feet. At this point, I had been suffering from mountain sickness for two days and was not sleeping or able to eat.

"We all retired to rest at 7pm ready for an overnight summit attempt. At midnight we were climbing Kilimanjaro - the night was clear and the head light torches of other climbers could be seen below us like a line of tiny ants.

"About 75 minutes from the top, I was unable to look after myself. The pain in my head from the mountain sickness was causing dizziness and an inability to think clearly. My last clear thought was to go back down the mountain before I died.

"When I reached the tent some two hours later just before dawn, I had two frozen fingers and the frost had penetrated my outer coat causing my inner fleece to be completely frozen. Three hours later, when I was warmer, I got up and descended another 5,000 feet to reduce the effects of mountain sickness."

That night of the climb, the weather had been clear and temperatures had reached -30 degrees. One English girl had died that night on the mountain and two other people had been taken off by stretcher. She was the 107th person to die on the mountain that season.

Bond paid tribute to his colleagues who reached the summit.

"If you want to understand the pain they went through to reach the summit, have no sleep for 24 hours, go into a freezer and then repeat with ten second rests 100 metre sprints for four hours. Fitness, pure adrenalin and courage got them to the top and I will remember with great pride their Herculean effort for the Birmingham Children's Hospital."

If you would like to donate to the cause, send cheques to Chris Gough at the BMRA.

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