Richard Valdambrini reached the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro at the end of last month to raise awareness and money for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
He said: “It was very exhausting and a lot harder than I had imagined. Amazing to go through all the different climate zones on the way up.
He added: “I did not suffer any symptoms of AMS (acute mountain sickness) but saw the helicopter fly up twice to take people back down. Definitely a ‘ once in a life time experience.”
Richard financed the adventure himself so all money raised through sponsorship or donations will go to the elephant sanctuary.
Banbury tool maker Norbar Tools on the Wildmere Industrial estate was one such company to get behind the challenge.
Richard said: “I would just like to mention Norbar and say thank you for their generous donation and support.”
To sponsor Richard and orphaned elephants visit his JustGiving page.
To read more about Richard’s passion for African wildlife and how he decided to climb Kilimanjaro click here.