Property man Stephen scales peak for charity.

Property man Stephen scales peak for charity

Hurstwood Chairman Stephen Ashworth has taken his firm’s charity fundraising efforts to new heights after tackling one of the world’s highest peaks – he trekked up Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice near Chorley.

Stephen and the company have now raised in excess of £150,000 for Derian House in recent years — via charity dinners and other activity — and more than £250,000 for a range of different good causes.

“It was a truly incredible trip — it was tough because of the endurance and the weather conditions but I am happy I achieved it. The final ascent was really tricky. We started out we were in temperatures of 20 degrees but by the time we got to the peak it down to -20 degree,” said Stephen of his 10-day trek up the mountain which is on the North Eastern tip of Tanzania.”

“Hurstwood has been raising money for Derian House for several years now — it’s a really special cause for all of us and everyone at the company has made a contribution to it over the years.”

Stephen’s previous charity challenges have included a hike up Mount Blanc, cycling treks through the Canadian Rockies, The Grand Canyon and across Jordan. Inspired by his charity efforts he is now midway through a Mountain Leadership Course.