A COMPANY boss from Chester is currently climbing one of the world’s highest mountains to raise funds for a British charity working to end poverty and hunger in eastern Africa.

Andrew Cracknell, 41, a director of Oswestry-based firm Anglo Beef Processors, is a member of a 10-strong team of top executives to tackle Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

The bosses, who are all from the UK food and drink sector, have already raised more than £200,000 for the FARM-Africa charity through corporate sponsorship and personal donations.

Andrew, who lives in Hough Green, said: “It is a privilege to have been asked to join this expedition in supporting such a worthy cause.

“I work in the food industry and I am pleased I can help people in eastern Africa to grow more food and transform their lives.”

To prepare, Andrew swam a mile four times a week, has been trekking in the Lake District and walked the Sandstone Trail.

He recently walked up Snowdon and put himself through an exhausting weekend of climbing in the Alps. He has even managed to give up smoking.

Even before setting off, Andrew was looking forward to being re-united with his children Eddie and Madeleine as well as ‘a long hot bath and some comfy shoes!’.

Prior to the challenge he joined the other climbers for a pre-expedition dinner in London hosted by comedy actor and renowned traveller Michael Palin, who is FARM-Africa’s patron. After dinner, the actor inspired the climbers with tales and anecdotes from his various travels through the Himalayas and Africa.

To sponsor Andrew, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com, type ‘Andrew Cracknell’ in the ‘find a friend’ box and select the first search result.