Thames boat owner Alan Shave has raised more than £4,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Action after taking on the gruelling ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro

Mountain-climbing boat owner Alan Shave has been hailed by MDL Marinas for his “fantastic gesture” after offering to climb Mount Kilimanjaro on behalf of a fellow bertholder.

Alan (pictured above) met Clem Holland at Penton Hook Marina, where their boats share the same pontoon, and the pair soon became close friends.

So when Clem was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Alan was keen to help in any way he could.

Last year, 64-year-old Alan climbed Mount Snowdown with an MDL Marinas flag, but his latest challenge was far more ambitious.

He set off for the summit of Africa’s tallest mountain last month and got agonisingly close to completing the epic climb – calling off the attempt at 0300 on February 26 following medical advice.

The MDL Marinas flag made it to the summit just hours later, carried by a fellow climber, meanwhile Alan was receiving treatment for severe altitude sickness at base camp.

Undeterred, he plans to return in August and complete the ascent, and no doubt his determination will help to boost this admirable charity appeal.

So far Alan’s self-funded mission has raised £4,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Action and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, but he hopes to raise more than £5,000 in total.

To find out more and to donate, visit: www.virginmoneygiving.com/AlanShave