Climber inspired by charity trek taking him from South Tyneside to top of African Peak

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A South Tyneside adventurer had summit special in mind as he embarked on his latest mammoth mountain mission.

Globe-trotting Steve Berry has already scaled six of the highest mountains on each of the world’s seven continents of the globe, and earlier this year, he jetted off to Uganda to take part in a life-changing project to provide a fresh water supply for a village of refugees.

But keen to set the bar – or mountain – higher than ever, the 59-year-old has led a team of heroic injured soldiers to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Mr Berry, of Central Avenue, South Shields, used his experience and expertise to guide the 15-strong team of soldiers, including single and double amputees, on what, for them, was the trip of a lifetime.

Mr Berry was regarded by the Not Forgotten Association, a charity set up in 1920 to provide recreational activities and entertainment for ex-services personnel, as the perfect man to help the team make it to the top of the 19,000ft mountain.

Mr Berry said: “I have been leading an expedition for the Not Forgotten Association. It is a charity that provides activities for wounded soldiers.

“I have been guiding a team of 15 who all wanted to take on the challenge.

“There are single amputees and double amputees in the group.

“It has been an amazing experience.

“It has been inspirational and a privilege to take them to the top.”

Mr Berry now has his sights set on ascending Mount Vinson, near the South Pole in Antarctica.

It is the only peak among the magnificent seven highest mountains on the globe that he is still to conquer.

He has already climbed Mount Kiliminjaro on numerous occasions, as well as Mount Everest in the Himalayas, Mount Kosciusko in Australia, Argentina’s Aconcagua, Mount Denali in Alaska and Russia’s Mount Elbrus.

He is hoping to add Mount Vinson to that list early next year.

A report on the climb, with photos, can be found at twitter.com/nfassociation