Woodhouse man takes on Mount Kilimanjaro

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A MANSFIELD Woodhouse man is on top of the world after scaling Kilimanjaro to raise money for the family of a tragic friend.

Joss Dixon climbed the African peak in a bid to raise £1,000 for a trust fund set up for the young daughter of murdered Forest Town man, Jonathan ‘Tonner’ Turner.

The 27-year-old was attacked and killed during a night out in Mansfield last year. His three attackers were jailed in May.

Joss, who is also 27, had been friends with Jonathan for 
over decade and took the decision to climb the strength-sapping 19,300-ft summit in Tanzania.

It included more than six days walking, and then altitude sickness which almost threatened to bring his attempt to a premature end.

The Eon manager explained: “It really knocked me for six, I was coughing up blood and collapsing and had splitting headaches.

“I trained in the gym for three months but there was no way I could train for that.

“When I got to the top there were people who’d passed out and were being carried down, I was not expecting to see things like that.

“As soon as I got to the summit I rushed to get down, and once I was down a said I would never do it again, but as time goes on I’m getting fond memories of it!”

So far Joss has raised over £700 and and is hoping to break the £1,000 mark once the sponsorship money is collected in.

Anyone wanting to donate is being asked to call Joss on 07805 814739.