Brechiner to tackle Mount Kilimanjaro

Pictured is Dave at the top of Carn a'Mhaim during a training hike,

Pictured is Dave at the top of Carn a'Mhaim during a training hike,

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A Brechin man is set to scale Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for a charity that provides services for people with disabilities and support needs.

Dave Gordon, who works offshore on the Claymore platform, is set to climb the 19,336 foot mountain with a group of 24 to raise money for Cornerstone.

Discussing his decision to climb Mount Kilimanjaro Dave, who is a keen skier and motor cyclist, said: “I had an accident a few years ago when I was knocked off my motorbike. This was the fault of the car driver but it ended up with a long stay in hospital and having a few pieces of metal in my spine.

“When this opportunity came up during a night out last year I jumped at the chance.

“It will allow me to raise much needed funds for a very worthwhile charity in Cornerstone and, secondly, to achieve a very personal goal in climbing to the top of Kilimanjaro. It’s definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

To help prepare for the challenge, Dave has recently taken part in a training hike, which saw him climb two Munros over a weekend. He said: “We covered 30 miles in two days and camped out during the climbs. We were waking up absolutely knackered but you just have to get yourself up and mentally get yourself going for it.”

Speaking about the climb, which takes place from October 2 to October 12, Dave said: “We will be covering six to seven kilometres a day but it’s the altitude that will be the biggest killer. It will start to be a problem at around 12,000. I’m looking forward to it but I am nervous.”

Dave, who will be joined on the trip by his Aberdeen based friends Steven and Lisa Duthie, explained his desire to raise cash Cornerstone saying: “Cornerstone helps pick people up and get them back on their feet. It gives care and attention to people when they really need.”

He added: “My goal is to try and hit the £5,000 mark, and if I get above that I’d be absolutely delighted.”

If you would like to sponsor Dave then visit www.justgiving.com/Dave-Gordon12 to make a donation.