African trek via East Wemyss raises £9000

East Wemyss'David Sword & Donald Evans, who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for local charities'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

East Wemyss'David Sword & Donald Evans, who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for local charities'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

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Two friends from East Wemyss climbed Africa’s highest mountain to raise £9000 for charities close to their hearts.

David Sword (43) and Donald Evans (59) took on one of the toughest trekking challenges in the world in August by ascending Kilimanjaro over eight days.

David and Donald

David and Donald

They participated with 13 others from countries across the globe in the trek which was organised by a company called Worldwide Adventures.

David and Donald were raising funds for a British bowel cancer charity as well as Macmillan Cancer Support. They chose the bowel cancer charity because they have friends who have been affected by the disease and one of them, Billy Davie, passed away two weeks before they went on the trek.

Donald told the Press: “We never expected to raise £9000 and we are really pleased with that amount. We were sponsored by friends, family, local businesses in the area as well as colleagues at our workplaces.

“Billy, known as Buch, was a friend of ours and he was very supportive of what we were doing. We had a signed East Fife football shirt with his name on it and his family asked us if we would take it with us on the trek in his memory. It was an emotional moment when we reached the summit.”

The pair, who are regulars at the Wemyss Central Hotel in East Wemyss, said staff at the pub have also been very supportive. David said: “We had a collection bottle at the bar and we also held a race night in the hotel in August which raised just under £1000.

“It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. You don’t know how the altitude is going to affect you - we had sore heads and slight nausea, but others had to have oxygen.”

David added: “One of the highlights was reaching Gilmore’s Point to see the sun coming up and then the summit, it was exhilirating.”