Buchan couple climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Greg and Kelly climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Greg and Kelly climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

A Buchan couple have raised £10,500 for charity by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world, last year.

Greg Smedley, who grew up in Tarves, and Kelly McIntosh, who was raised in Fraserburgh, completed the challenge September 14 to September 20 last year.

Greg and Kelly were part of a team of 28 people who undertook the challenge of attempting to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

The couple, who live together in Hatton, raising funds for Macmillan. Together, they raised the fantastic sum of £10,500 for the charity.

Of the 28 who started out on the challenge, 22 made it to the top of Kilimanjaro - including Greg and Kelly.

The combined total of all 28 who took part is an extraordinary £199,225, not including Gift Aid which will be added at the end of this financial year.

The couple trained for many months before the trek, signing up for the challenge one year in advance.

The group took five days to ascend Kilimanjaro and two days to come back down.

Greg works as an engineering manager at Score, while Kelly is studying chemistry at the University of Aberdeen.

Commenting, Kelly said: “It was an absolutely amazing experience. It was tough but the group we were with were incredible - they were a fantastic support.

“Back home everyone was so generous. People donated raffles towards our fund-raising.

“Greg and I would like to thank everyone very much for their generosity and support.”