Yeovil Officer reaches highest peak of Mt Kilimanjaro
By abbie_yeovil | Friday, October 12, 2012, 09:25
A Crime Reduction Officer from Yeovil has raised hundreds for charity reaching the highest peak of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Beth Pool at the peak of Mounth Kilimanjaro
Officer Beth Poole, alongside 22 Avon and Somerset Police colleagues, trekked to the mountain's highest summit to raise money for the mental health charity Mind.
Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world, towering a mighty 5895 meters above sea-level.
Only 40% of those who climb the Mountain make it to the highest summit, Uhuru Peak.
Not only did Beth reach the mountain's peak, she also smashed her fundraising target of £500 and raised over £700 for Mind.
She started her trek on October 1, reached Uhuru Peak on October 7 and was back on the ground by October 10.
She said: "I wanted to raise money for Mind because I have experienced the effects of mental health issues first hand; both personally and through policing.
"Mental ill health does not discriminate and it is far more common than people realise but sadly it is still widely misunderstood and stigmatized."
Beth is still encouraging people to donate to her cause and you can do so by visiting her charity fundraising page.