Hazeldene boss climbs Kilimanjaro

Simon Ball, managing director of the Wigan-based salad supplier Hazeldene, has raised £10,500 for charity after climbing Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro.

Ball climbed the highest freestanding mountain in the world last month in aid of the Outward Bound Trust - a charity dedicated to developing young people through adventure in the outdoors.

He said: "The most difficult thing I had to overcome was my fear of heights. My lasting memory of the trip will be going to sleep on Tuesday night looking at the Great Barranco Wall - all 800 feet of it - in absolute fear."

He added: "It was a great trip and an amazing experience, matched by some enormous generosity and support by colleagues, suppliers, friends and family, to whom I am incredibly grateful."

Ball has been invited by HRH the Duke of York to attend the Outward Bound Trust lunch at Buckingham Palace on 27 April as an acknowledgement of his mountainous experience.


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