Scaling Africa’s highest peak

Paul is pictured at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Paul is pictured at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

A Kirriemuir hairdresser has returned from the trip of a lifetime to Africa having raised almost £5000 for charity.

Paul Soutar tackled Mount Kilimanjaro, the continent’s highest mountain, as part of an expedition with Action Challenge UK.

His efforts to scale the 19,340-feet peak in Tanzania raised funds for Motor Neurone Disease, Juvenile Diabetic Research and Down’s Syndrome Scotland.

The local businessman funded the trip himself so all the money raised will be split between the three and so far, between sponsorship collected at his salon and via the JustGiving website, has realised £4800.

Paul said that, despite being physically challenging, the 12-day ascent and descent of the mountin had gone well and was “an amazing experience”.

He said: “I prepared for it for over a year and I was walking about 50 miles every week and exercising too.”

The trip follows a trek last year to the Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru and was on his ‘to do’ list.

For his next venture, Paul intends to undertake a trek next year along the Great Wall of China as well as enter the London Marathon.

He added: “That’ll be for charity again, although different ones which I haven’t chosen yet.”