Mark Elward, who lives in Worcester, has scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Turn to Starboard, a sailing charity helping Armed Forces personnel affected by military operations…
The challenge saw Mark and two friends climb almost 6,000m high to reach the top of the mountain at Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania. He was inspired to trek to the summit in aid of the charity as part of his ongoing support to help injured veterans.
Turn to Starboard use sail training to support injured veterans and has helped many start new careers in the marine industry. The charity, based at Falmouth in Cornwall, was set up four years ago and believes sailing has a therapeutic effect on veterans and has provided almost 2,000 sailing opportunities.
Mark and his group trained for over a year to prepare to reach the summit, by trekking at the Brecon Beacons in Wales, and finally set off for their adventure on October 21. And for the 52-year-old, having the opportunity to climb to one of the world’s most iconic volcanoes, is a bucket list dream come true.
“The idea of Kilimanjaro has been on my bucket list for a few years now and last year myself and a group of friends decided to set a date and start training. Turn to Starboard was the chosen charity because of the great work that they do and I totally get the therapeutic effect that sailing can have, being on the vast ocean with nothing around you is a great way to clear your mind.