London taxi driving husband and wife have committed themselves to the challenge of climbing 5,895 metres to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of charity.
London Cabbies Stuart Lockhart, 47, and Lynsey Lockhart, 45, married in July 2019 in Scotland. Stuart has been a cabby for 16 years and Lynsey for 8 years, and they met in their roles as cab drivers.
Recently they climbed in the Atlas Mountains as part of a holiday to Morocco, and they were hooked on the alure of the mountains and wanted a bigger adventure.
After successfully raising £18,000 for The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans in 2019 by losing 12 stones in weight, getting fit and climbing Kilimanjaro, two of the original Cabbies Do Kilimanjaro, Daren Parr and John Dillane, have put together a much bigger challenge for 2020, which Stuart jumped at the chance to join.
Now, a group of 30 London Licensed Taxi Drivers, will be attempting to lose 52 stones, get fit, with the support of Be Military Fit and then travel to Tanzania where Daren and John will climb 4,562 metre Mount Meru before being joined by the rest of the cabbies to climb 5,895 metres to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Stuart Lockhart said: “Valentine’s Day is my birthday and seemed the perfect day to announce that Lynsey and I will be joining this fundraising challenge. It’s a real privilege to be part of Cabbies Do Kilimanjaro and we are looking forward to training together to reach the fitness and stamina levels we will need for the gruelling six day ascent.
“Despite the enormity of the challenge we are committed to summitting Kilimanjaro and raising thousands for the London Taxi Drivers Charity for Children and a charity looking after children in Tanzania.”
The Cabbies do Kilimanjaro team is hoping to raise £7,500 for the London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children and £2,500 for a children’s community project in Tanzania.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cabbiesdokilimanjaro