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Businessman 'lays wooden floor at top of Mount Kilimanjaro'

The wooden floor at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro
Gareth McKeown

A BELFAST businessman who 'laid a wooden floor' at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro hopes he has done enough to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.

Richard Snape of Belfast firm The Wooden Floor Company scaled the African peak's highest point, almost 6,000m up, and laid the floor which was signed by donators and supporters.

He carried the packet of wooden flooring along the Lemosho route on the mountain’s north face to complete his lofty task two weeks ago.

Even with seven months of preparation behind him, Richard and his team still struggled with altitude sickness at 19,000 feet above sea level.

“We lost a guide on the way up from severe altitude sickness and another team-member got into difficulties on the descent and had to be evacuated on a stretcher,” he said.

“It was extremely difficult doing anything at that altitude, just breathing was an effort, never mind laying a floor, but the support of the people back home drove me on to complete the challenge.

“We’ve sent documentation along with photo and video evidence to the Guinness Book of World Records, so we’ve got our fingers crossed that they verify it," he added.

The intrepid businessman’s climb has so far raised £2,300 for the Bradley Logan Memorial Fund.

The charity was established after the sudden death from CPVT (Catecholominergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia) of 10-year-old Bradley who was in the same year at school as Richard’s daughter.

To donate to the Bradley Logan Memorial Fund, please visit Richard’s Just Giving page at crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Richard-snape

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