South Yorkshire climbers scale fundraising heights with a grand auction in city tonight

Sheffield mountain climbers Chris Warburton, left, and John Richardson, on Mount Toubkal, Morocco
Sheffield mountain climbers Chris Warburton, left, and John Richardson, on Mount Toubkal, Morocco

INTREPID climbers Chris Warburton and John Richardson scaled new heights when they tackled north Africa’s highest mountain to raise money for charity.

And, having completed the trek up Mount Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains, they are tonight helping to put on a fundraising event in a Sheffield pub to bring in even more money for Weston Park Hospital and St Luke’s Hospice.

Chris, a 52-year-old taxi driver from Stannington, and John, 58, a retired civil servant from Wisewood, scaled the 14,000ft mountain three weeks ago.

They collected £1,500 in sponsorship and are hoping to increase the total to at least £2,500 after the auction and live music event at The Anvil, on Wood Lane, Stannington, from 7.30pm.

Chris said: “We have previously climbed mountains including Mount Kilimanjaro but this was more of a challenge. There were boulders and a lot of ice which meant we had to wear crampons. At one point, we had to walk along a 100m section of ice which was no more than six inches wide with a sheer drop at one side.”

But Chris added the pair were undaunted – and plan to climb Mont Blanc in the Alps next year.

The fundraising auction includes mountain bikes, electrical products, a Sheffield Wednesday shirt signed by the promotion winning team and a signed shirt from Manchester City as well as two tickets for their first home game next season.