Losing 25 Stone and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on the 26th September 2019


Mount Kilimanjaro is 19,383 feet high, just over two thirds of the height of Mount Everest.

We begin climbing the summit at midnight.  It will be pitch black and in the “death zone” which means there is only 50% of the oxygen that there is at sea level.  The human body cannot survive at that height for any continued length of time.

Most climbers who fail to make the summit (even if they have properly prepared) fail because of altitude sickness.

It’s going to take us 7 days to climb.  Six days going up, climbing high to acclimatise, and then descending a bit to make camp and sleep.  Then one day down.


Raising £10k for
The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans

The Taxi Charity For Military Veterans (formerly known as the London Taxi Benevolent Association For War Disabled) was formed in Fulham in 1948.  Its aim was to help war veterans, in their homes and hospitals, throughout London and the home counties by providing entertainment, outings and much needed specialised equipment.

Their aim now is to work for the benefit, comfort and enjoyment of military veterans to the best of their ability.

They rely on donations from the general public and organisations, and on volunteer London licensed taxi drivers to provide their taxis and time for free


My Taxi, the UK’s leading taxi e-hailing app, currently operates in London, Brighton, Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, Derby and Leicester. With two requests every second from British passengers, My Taxi directly connects passengers and drivers with just two taps of the app.  My Taxi was founded in June 2009 and has more than 10 million passengers and 100,000 drivers across Europe, it is today the leading taxi e-hailing app in Europe.  Since September 2014, MyTaxi has been part of Daimler Mobility Services GmbH (part of the Daimler Group).

On 21st of May we went for a meeting at My Taxi headquarters to discuss a possible sponsorship deal for Cabbies do Kilimanjaro. We met with Gary, Laura and Ailsha who let us explain our vision for losing weight, getting fit and climbing the highest free standing mountain in the World whilst raising thousands for the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans and promoting the finest Taxi service in the world. I must admit to being slightly concerned that they might show us the door thinking us insane.  However, we needn't have worried as they loved the concept and were very keen to get involved. MyTaxi are rebranding in the summer and will be called Free Now.  Their new brand name will be centrepiece on our flag that we take with us to the roof of Africa.  We are very pleased to have them as our main sponsor and are sure that they can help us reach a lot more people with our fundraising efforts.

John Dillane

Our Sponsors & Supporters

Huge thanks to everyone for their support and kindness

Special Thanks to Be Military Fit

John & Brian with Bear Grylls
John & Brian with Phil Campion

Military Fit is the most effective outdoor fitness programme created by experts to deliver results, fast.  It’s fun, challenging, rewarding, achievable and results based.  Military Fit is designed to develop all areas of fitness to help you become stronger, fitter, faster and endure more. It’s perfect for those wanting the most of everything in one session


We are honoured and humbled to be endorsed, supported and approved by Tanzania’s Tourist Board.
We cannot wait to visit your beautiful country and meet you.

Tanzania is country so wealthy that it would practically take years to document all the resources. Not only is the country proud to bear witness to the highest and largest free standing mountain in the world but also to the rich and diverse wildlife concentrations, mineral and other resources available.

Tanzania has a population of around 47.6 million. Tanzania has a tropical climate along the coast but it gets temperate in the highlands.  April through to mid-May is the green season with long rains.  June to September is the cool season and November to December has short rains.  The hottest season is October to March.

Tanzania contains some 20 percent of the species of Africa’s large mammal population, found across its reserves, conservation areas, marine parks, and 17 national parks, spread over an area of more than 42,000 square kilometres (16,000 sq mile) and forming approximately 38 percent of the country’s territory.


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