A Goosnargh family raised funds for two good causes after they climbed Africa’s highest peak.
Retired consultant anaesthetist Max Fryer, 65, climbed 5,895m high Mount Kilimanjaro with his son Dan, 27, son-in-law Mike Laing, Mike’s sister Amy Laing and Mike and Amy’s father Jim Laing.
They raised £1,500 to help those who suffer from cancer and chronic pain.
Max, who worked at the Royal Preston Hospital, shared an ambition with Jim to climb Kilimanjaro. After they both retired and Mike was also in a position to take part, they decided to go for it.
Dan, a former pupil of Goosnargh Oliverson’s and Kirkham Grammar schools, who is working as a civil engineer in New Zealand helping to re-build Christchurch after the 2011 earthquake, joined them in Nairobi. Max said: “I walk in the Lakes and I am quite happy doing 10 to 12 miles. I thought it sounded like a good idea, but I didn’t realise how high you go.”
Max spent an intense month at the Myerscough gym in preparation and believes this extra training put him in good shape. Two charities were chosen – Cancer Help, Preston and SMILE, a self-help pain management group Max helped to set up around 10 years ago in Preston with a former colleague, Angela Lowry, who died at the age of 55 from lung cancer.
Max said: “SMILE is very successful in helping people cope with pain and it is a little known charity that people only find out about when they are in chronic pain.”
The “Fryer family party” of five joined four others on the Kilimanjaro adventure and also climbed Mount Meru during the two-week long adventure. Max said: “Meru is 4,566m and the fifth highest mountain in Africa. We did this as an acclimatisation trek, taking three days to get to the summit.”
They then returned to the hotel in Arusha for one night before setting off to climb Kilimanjaro. This trek took five days and the final push to the summit was done at night.
Max said: “We made it just as the dawn was breaking. The acclimatisation worked and we were all feeling well.”
He described the trip as “exhilarating”.
l For more information about SMILE, call 07582 535 715 or for Cancer Help, Preston, call 01772 793344.