A team of St Gobain staff have embarked upon a massive charity mission to climb Mount Kilimanjaro this week.
John Wilson, Phil Green, and Darren Wood from the Stanton-by-Dale based firm, ahev been joined by Simon Bennett now works for an associate company.
After almost two years of planning the team set off on their climb to the top of Africa’s highest mountain on Saturday and hope to reach the summit on Thursday.
47-year-old sales director John said: “We started hill-walking as a group and enjoyed it so much that we decided it would be great to do something a little more challenging.
“We have endured all four seasons in one day on the Brecon Beacons and Ben Nevis but now we’re going to Africa for the sunshine and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to raise money for charity.”
As part of their training, they have trekked Ben Nevis, Snowdon, and Scaffel Pike, as well as across Dartmoor, the Brecon Beacons and the Peak District.
John added:“The only thing we can’t train is for altitude sickness, which is common for people trekking Kilimanjaro.”
The fundraising foursome, known as the drain gang, are collecting cash for Water Aid, Help 4 Heroes, Breast Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support.
They aimed to raise £15,000 but have already smashed their targey thanks to the generosity of their friends and family and a £1,000 a head donation from the pipe company.
They have now set their sights on reaching £20,000.
To sponsor the team visit http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/draingang.