Scottish GSK employee set for charity Mount Kenya climb

Jamie Kinghorn
Jamie Kinghorn (Photo: LinkedIn) is set to climb Mount Kenya (right).

Angus man Jamie Kinghorn, who was taken to hospital after slicing his leg with an axe, is set to join 40 other Glaxosmithkline (GSK) employees from around the globe for a five-day trek to tackle Mount Kenya in a fundraising bid.

The effort is in aid of Save the Children’s programmes in Kenya and Congo with the 43-year-old communications manager already having raised over £6,500 which his pharmaceutical giant employer has agreed to match.

Speaking to the Evening Telegraph, Jamie said: “Thousands of GSK employees were given the chance to apply and 40 people were chosen from around the world — I am the only one from Scotland who is doing it.

“I have never done anything like this before. When I found out I was going to be doing it, I started training by climbing Ben Nevis and other hills.

“One of the hardest parts of the trip is going to be dealing with the altitude because it is 5km above sea level.

“I am both excited and apprehensive about it all.”

Mount Kenya, or Mount Kirinyaga, is an extinct volcano in central Kenya, just south of the equator. It is Africa’s second-tallest mountain after Kilimanjaro, with it reaching 17,058ft.

The group will be supported by local guides and camp each night on the side of the extinct volcano which is also Africa’s second-tallest mountain after Kilimanjaro.

Following the trek, Jamie is planning to enjoy a couple of extra days in Kenya including going on a safari.

If you would like to contribute to Jamie’s fundraising effort, please visit his online fundraising page.