One-time only adventure for Harpenden climbers

SCHOOL pals who met over 40 years ago have returned home after successfully reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain.

Melvin Lynch and Steve Kenneford returned from their six-day adventure last week and although they enjoyed the experience, they aren’t that keen to repeat it.

Melvin of Little Lane, Harpenden, said: “It was the most difficult thing that I have ever done and I wouldn’t want to repeat it, but it was also one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done and the views, particularly the sunrises we saw, were spectacular.”

The duo, who met when they attended St Albans Grammar School – now Verulam School – were motivated to make the climb for charities that are close to their hearts.

Melvin raised money for Tuberous Sclerosis as his 17-year-old nephew was born with the genetic condition which can lead to epilepsy, autism or learning difficulties. Steve climbed on behalf of the Chris Ryan Trust, which was set up after a talented young sportsman, Chris Ryan, was left paralysed from his chest down after a car accident. The trust seeks to raise money to aid Chris in his pursuit to become a first-class Paralympic athlete.

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