Mount no match for Seven Kings father and son

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 September 2016

Harry and Theo Kyriacou climbed Kilimanjaro

Harry and Theo Kyriacou climbed Kilimanjaro

Harry Kyriacou

A father and son duo went sky high, as they scaled the summit of the world’s fourth highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro

Harry and Theo Kyriacou climbed KilimanjaroHarry and Theo Kyriacou climbed Kilimanjaro

Harry and Theo Kyriacou, from Seven Kings, spent five days trekking along the scenic but very risky 37-mile Machame route, to raise money for Cancer Research UK, between September 6 and 12.

Harry, 19, said that the trek was very physically gruelling.

He said: “It’s known as the whiskey route, and for a good reason!

“You spend a lot of time going up and down, up and down, and up and down, it was very tough.

“We experienced so many different environments whilst we were out there.

“We started in the rainforest, and saw two monkeys straightaway.

“But I’m suffering now, when you reach the top, you’re so happy that you’ve forgotten that what comes up must come down!

“Especially since we came down in one day, my legs are still sore!”

Harry, who is studying to become a doctor at Cambridge University, was inspired to complete the mammoth trek, after spending time on the oncology wards.

He said: “At the moment, I spend most of my time with my textbooks, and you don’t get to do anything for anyone.

“You might see a sick child in bed with leukaemia and you can’t do anything to help them, so that’s the reason we decided to do this.

After plans to trek with a friend fell through, Harry’s father Theo, 47, who owns Theo’s Technicut barbers, in Vicarage Lane, Seven Kings, volunteered to accompany him.

Harry said: “It was a lot of fun to trek with my dad.

“And if you look at the donations page, you can see a lot of them are for him, so it’s also great from that perspective!

“But that’s why I wanted to do it.

“If you are asking for people to give money to charity, then you have to do something which makes them want to donate!

Harry’s mother Valerie Kyriacou said she was extremely proud.

She said: “I’m so proud of them both and it’s Harry’s birthday today, which makes this even more special.

“Harry has been visiting the oncology ward, and was shocked to learn that that the government didn’t fund research.

“So many people will experience this disease during their life and this money will really make a difference.

“He wanted to do something about it, and for them to raise over £7,000 is amazing.

“We must thank all our family and friends who gave money so generously.”

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