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Climber Lee did summit special

DID IT: Lee Chopping climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.
DID IT: Lee Chopping climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.

An Ossett dad scaled Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and £5,000 for an autism charity.

Lee Chopping, 44, was inspired to climb the highest mountain in Africa because his three-year-old daughter, Besty-Mae, has the condition.

Lee Chopping

Lee Chopping

Earlier this month he endured gruelling conditions and altitude sickness on the six-day ascent. Mr Chopping said: “I was troubled with injury, illness and vertigo en route.”

He felt like giving up but persevered. Mr Chopping added: “It was an amazing, unforgettable experience, but most of all I hope my climb helped my mission to improve awareness of autism through my 12-month campaign leading up to the event.”

The fundraising including a JustGiving page, an online auction of a signed banner promoting comedian John Bishop’s show in Ossett, a charity bingo night in Holy Trinity Church, Ossett and bake sales by his colleagues.

Mr Chopping’s efforts have helped raise more than £5,000 for the National Autistic Society and also to help pay his trip costs.

Lee Chopping on the way up the climb.

Lee Chopping on the way up the climb.

Lee Chopping at the top.

Lee Chopping at the top.