A DETERMINED fundraiser has raised thousands of pounds after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Alder Hey Children's Charity.

Chris Myler, rom Latchford, raised money for the Liverpool-based charity by trekking up the tallest free standing mountain in the world.

He returned home last Monday, October 15 after the gruelling trip with his two friends and fellow fundraisers, James and Peter Fielding.

Chris explained: "James' son was in Alder Hey for a while and we wanted to raise as much money as we could for the hospital."

James' son has Perthes Disease and Chris began fundraising in 2017, completing a variety of activities such as a sponsored shave, bag packing and gym classes.

Climbing Kilimanjaro was the trio's ultimate challenge.

Chris said: "The views were spectacular. and the stars at night were just amazing.

"We were there for 10 days and trekked for eight of them.

"The terrain changed every day from jungle to boulders, to like being on the moon to almost vertical rocks.

"The last night was really hard.

"We set off at 9pm for an eight-hour trek to reach the summit where we watched the sunrise.

"I got a few headaches because the climb was all so monotonous.

"After we completed it, two people had to be airlifted back because of altitude sickness."

But the 35-year-old stressed that any pain was worth it for the amount of money the group raised.

"To be up that high was really exciting and we just pushed on for everyone who had donated," he added.

"Personally I raised about £5000 but altogether the 16 people on the trek raised about £150,000.

"They were a great group of people who had signed up through Alder Hey.

"There was a 76-year-old man and a previous patient who had a prosthetic leg."

After the achievement, Chris said it was good to be back in his own bed and he will be taking a well-earned rest before getting back to fundraising challenges.

To support Chris' efforts in aid of Alder Hey Children's Charity visit his JustGiving page.