Phil swaps suit for boots for challenge

NILABE111209e1, Phil Poulter climbing Kilimanjaro for charity.

NILABE111209e1, Phil Poulter climbing Kilimanjaro for charity.

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AN ILKESTON business adviser will be swapping his suit for a pair of walking boots as he gears up for a challenge of a lifetime.

Phil Poulter, who works for Erewash Partnership, will be jetting off to Africa in the new year to trek up its highest peak Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for a cause close to his heart.

The 55-year-old will be cutting down on Christmas treats this year in preparation for the feat, and has quit smoking after more than 40 years.

He said: “I am looking forward to it, but with some trepidation.”

Phil, of Awsworth, will land in Tanzania on January 3, ready to start his adventure but rather than follow the popular route, Phil will be embarking on the less-travelled but longer Lemosho route.

He expects that the group he will be part of will spend seven days on the dormant volcano in its bid to reach the 19,341 ft summit where he could face altitude sickness, shortness of breath, hypothermia and headaches, hence the strict routine beforehand.

Although the trek started off as an adventure Phil is using the event as a way of raising money for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

“I have chosen this charity as we lost a friend recently and my wife’s mum lost her battle with the disease in January 2011,” he said.

“November was pancreatic cancer month and there have been some notable losses recently – famous figures such as the actor Patrick Swayze and Apple’s Steve Jobs which have highlighted the disease and the fact that survival rates have not increased as for others.”

Phil is hoping that ‘Tiser readers will dig deep and support his efforts with a donation at www.justgiving.com/Phil-Poulter-PCRF

Phil is not the only figure from the Partnership helping a charity – chairman Simon Woods and colleagues at TecQuipment in Long Eaton, grew moustaches in support of Movember last month, raising £250 for men’s cancers.

Phil’s boss chief executive Ian Viles said: “I am delighted at the efforts of my colleagues for charity.”