Banbury man reaches summit for African wildlife

Richard Valdambrini reaches the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. He is raising money for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust who rehabilitate orphaned elephants NNL-180110-120101001
Richard Valdambrini reaches the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. He is raising money for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust who rehabilitate orphaned elephants NNL-180110-120101001

An intrepid Banbury man has reached the summit of Africa’s highest peak to raise money for orphaned elephants.

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.

Esampu the orphaned elephant is being taken care of at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust NNL-180824-153800001

Esampu the orphaned elephant is being taken care of at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust NNL-180824-153800001

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 Valdambrini, from Banbury,before his climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. NNL-180731-134700009

Richard Valdambrini, from Banbury,before his climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. NNL-180731-134700009

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.