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Fergusson Trek

alan My name is Alan Fergusson. I am 41 years old, married with three children. We live in Blairlogie, Stirlingshire, Scotland. Together with my brother Tom, I am Managing Director of our family business, Fergusson Group. We are a coal company established in 1926. I left school at 15 to join my father and drove a coal lorry for a few years. Since then we have grown the business from a localised Stirling basis to a national distribution, wholesaling and trading company.

I generally keep fit all the time and I have been looking for a personal challenge for quite a while that would test me both physically and mentally. I heard about the Kilimanjaro trek through a friend and with the difficult terrain, the altitude and the fact that I would be travelling on my own; this challenge fit the bill perfectly.

I realised that I could do the challenge and benefit a charity at the same time and around this time my wonderful niece Mhairi was diagnosed with epilepsy which was a bit of a shock to the whole family. She got a lot of help from the Muir Maxwell Trust and it seemed like the obvious choice. It's not until someone close to you experiences these things that you realise the hard work that goes into managing these trusts.

The challenge takes place between 1 and 10 October 2008 and I am constantly training with this in mind. Please remember donations will be made for my attempt to complete the climb for even though I will be giving my all to this challenge not everyone can make it to the summit due to altitude sickness.

Update

Alan successfully scaled the heights of Kilimanjaro in October 2008 and raised well over £20,000 for MMT.  We would like to thank Alan for his amazing effort and his ongoing support.  Thank you also to each and every one of his very generous sponsors!