Peak per­for­mance for dis­abled pupils

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A TE­NA­CIOUS teach­ing as­sis­tant has con­quered Africa’s high­est moun­tain to raise money for her school.

Suzi McNulty, 39, a teach­ing as­sis­tant at Park Lane School in Mac­cles­field, ful­filled a life­long dream by climb­ing Kil­i­man­jaro and has raised more than £4,000 in the process.

Team­ing up with eight strangers via ad­ven­ture travel com­pany G Ad­ven­tures, she tra­versed for­est, moor­land and alpine desert, reach­ing al­ti­tudes of 5,895m and fac­ing tem­per­a­tures plum­met­ing to -100C.

She said: Mak­ing it to the high­est sum­mit, ‘Uhuru’ in six days, was a fan­tas­tic feel­ing but very tough. I was ex­hausted, walk­ing for more than seven hours in the dark on the last night with re­ally thin air which made it dif­fi­cult to breathe.

“But the thought of my chil­dren Joe, 12, and Lucy, 10 and the school­child­ren kept me go­ing.”

Suzi, from Con­gle­ton, was inspired to do the climb af­ter watch­ing celebri­ties do it for Chil­dren In Need.

She said: “The high­light was wak­ing up and see­ing clouds just sit­ting be­neath you.”

The money will be used to buy school play­ground equip­ment for wheel­chair users.

Do­nate at uk. vir­gin­money­giv­ing.com/ Suz­iMac-Kil­i­man­jaro.

●● Suzi McNulty at the sum­mit of Kil­i­man­jaro

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