A PAIR of Amman Valley fundraisers have scaled Kilimanjaro to raise money for Golau Cancer Foundation.
Lisa Chan and Harriet Webb, reached the summit on August 9 following six days of hiking up the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
The pals battled through freezing temperatures and altitude sickness as they made their 5895m climb to the top in Tanzania.
Following 18 months of fundraising, the duo, both 31, finally got themselves onto a flight to Nairobi, which also had Australian pop star Peter Andre on board.
“We couldn’t believe it when we saw him,” said Lisa.
“I thought he would have been in first class, but he was in economy with the rest of us.
“We didn’t get the chance to tell him what we were doing but we managed a selfie with him.”
When the pair landed they spent the night in a hotel and were briefed by their guides before taking the short flight to Kilimanjaro to begin the gruelling climb.
“The first couple of days weren’t too bad,” said Lisa, who has overcome her own personal battles against serious illness during the past seven years.
“By day three I was struggling with the altitude. I felt sick and couldn’t breathe properly - every breath was a struggle,” she said.
Remarkably the best pals were still able to keep in touch with people back home via Facebook and it was that contact that kept them going as they made their way to the summit.
“The final climb was tough,” said Lisa. "But the messages of support on Facebook from back home kept us going, and the thought of us reaching the top with our Golau Cancer Foundation t-shirts spurred us on.”
To keep their energy levels up, as well as their guides they were also accompanied by a chef, who cooked rice, chicken, chips, pasta, eggs and even peanut butter and popcorn.
"Although it was tough we had so much fun with our guides and chef, who cooked us amazing meals, I don't know how they do it," said Lisa.
Lisa and Harriet made it to the summit at 7am on August 9, following a gruelling night of climbing.
"Reaching the top was amazing, and the views were out of this world," said Lisa.
“I got very emotional when we reached the top, all our hard work had finally paid off,” added Harriet.
“The whole experience was amazing, I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who supported us, we both wanted to make everyone proud,” she added.
To date the pair have raised an incredible £7,800 for Golau Cancer Foundation.
Now back from their trip, Lisa is looking forward to a well-earned break, and Harriet has already jetted off to sunny Greece for a relaxing holiday.
“We want to thank everyone for the support and donations over the past 18 months, it certainly has been a trip of a lifetime, but more importantly a fantastic charity is set to benefit from it," said Lisa.