At about 8am on Friday 24th of September Matt Wood, of Phoenix Network (Thurrock), reached Uhuru Peak on top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

“It was the culmination of 6 days of trekking at high altitude. The trek was a series of highs and lows. There were obviously the fantastic views from up on the mountain and the vast array of different plants and animals, ranging from tropical rainforests at lower altitudes to a sandy desert at much higher altitude. However, as I got ever closer to the top the air got ever thinner and this led to difficulty with breathing, and so doing anything physical quickly became exhausting. Walking slowly was the key to the success as it meant I didn