Kilt packed for Kilimanjaro trek

Steven Watt has his kilt packed for his trip to Kilimanjaro
Steven Watt has his kilt packed for his trip to Kilimanjaro

In just three days, Leven resident Steven Watt heads off on one of the most difficult challenges of his life - climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Already packed, he has all of the essentials - walking boots, thermals...kilt.

Steven, who owns a confectionary company in Kirkcaldy, plans to wow the locals in Tanzania with his Scottish attire, after clients at work said they’d only sponsor him if the kilt was present.

“I have overseas suppliers who insist I wear it, in order to pay up!” he said. “The things we will do for charity!”

Steven, who lives in the town with his wife and baby daughter, will be treking as part of ‘Team Vimto’, raising £25,000 for the company’s chosen charity Warrington Youth Club.

However, in a bid to raise money for a cause much closer to home and to his heart, he has also been raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“This is probably the most daunting challenge I have ever done, so I wanted to also raise money for Macmillan.

“My grandmother died quite recently andMacmillan were there to help in her last days. I’msure most people will know someone who has been helped by them and she herself actually worked in the Oxfam shop in the High Street, so she was a great supporter of these causes.

“I always like to help out as much as I can, and wanted to give something back, so this is a real challenge.”

Steven has spent several months preparing for the mammoth climb up Africa - and the world’s -tallest free-standing mountain, which stands at a phenomenal 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).

“I was training right over Christmas, so couldn’t enjoy most of the things that brings, but I’ve lost six kilos and before, I could only do around two kilometres - now I can run 10 miles,” said Steven.

The climb itself will take seven days - five up and two down - and the team of six people have already been on a few training days, most recently travelling to Wales.

“We wanted to try to experience the kind of conditions we will at Kilimanjaro, because it gets as low as minus 28, so we went to Snowdon and at some points we were waist deep in snow.”

Steven has already raised over £600 for the cancer charity, but hopes he can get between £1000-1500.

“My wife has been incredibly supportive and got me an iPod nano at Christmas. On the back, she put the words ‘Failure is not an option’, so it’s a big challenge!’

If you would like to sponsor Steven, visiting http://www.justgiving.com/steven-watt.

Steven is also looking for any childrens sports tops to take with him for the children inTanzania - if you would like to donate, please hand them into the East Fife Mail office at Kirk Wynd, Kirkcaldy and we will pass them on.