Two friends have raised thousands of pounds for a global children’s charity by scaling the highest mountain in Africa.

Steve Cockburn and Ewelina Stachowiak, both from Winsford, spent eight days trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Steve, 27, and Ewelina, known as Eve, raised £3,875 for Plan UK, which has a charity partnership with Steve’s employer CBRE, a real estate services and investment firm.

Plan UK works in partnership with CBRE on a major education project in Sierra Leone, focusing on helping girls to go to school.

Steve, who is a senior surveyor based for CBRE’s, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic trek, although hard. We went through so many different landscapes, from desert to rainforest.

“It gradually got colder and at one point it actually started snowing, which was a really magical moment.

“We reached the summit at 6am on the sixth day. Being on the peak of the mountain was just spectacular.

“We just had time to take photos and saw the sun rising about the layer of clouds, it was the most amazing thing to watch.”

Steve said the challenge had been on his bucket list for some time and he’d planned to do it with his colleague Tom Smith.

Unfortunately Tom has to pull out due to illness, so Eve, 26, who works as a sales manager for James Walker in Crewe, stepped in to take his place.

Steve added: “I had done other charity challenges before so was fairly relaxed about training – but the pain I felt in my legs afterwards, that was tough.

“I like working with charities that do something for children and it gave us an extra bit of incentive to complete the challenge.

“Education is such a great thing and so important, particularly for girls. We’re really grateful for all the support, even a small amount can have such a big impact.”

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