My name is Darrell Yardley and I am 43 years old. I work for Wavin (formerly Hepworth Pipes). I am married to Susan who works for Barnsley Council. It is through Susan that I heard about the Kilimanjaro Trek and decided that it was something I would like to be part of, not only to help with my personal fitness but also to raise money for a good cause.
In my younger days I played football for a local team in Ardsley, regularly visited the gym and also played racketball. Due to a sporting injury I had to give up football and became a little less active.
My passion is sport, particularly football. I am a keen Liverpool season ticket holder and have followed them not only in the premier league but also to cup glory across Europe. Last year, together with my wife Susan, I toured South Africa following England in the World Cup and clocked up over 3000 miles. During our stay in Cape Town we visited many famous landmarks including Robben Island, Cape Point and Table Mountain. The views from the top of the mountain were spectacular.
We also travelled to Australia to see England win the Ashes, what an experience, especially the Boxing Day test in Melbourne. I have travelled all over the world and a couple of years ago visited Kenya. This was my first encounter with Kilimanjaro, we flew over the mountain to go to the Masai Mara for our safari during the great migration which was an unbelievable experience. The view of the great Mount was breathtaking. I didn’t think at the time, that one day I would be climbing it!
My interests are travelling, renovating properties and looking after my collection of Japanese Koi Carp. I am back at the gym and of course actively fundraising.
I know this once in a lifetime opportunity will be very challenging but come October I will be mentally and physically prepared and I would like to thank my family, friends and work colleagues for their support and sponsorship. Some of my close relatives and friends have been diagnosed with cancer and this is an opportunity for me to give something back. I must admit I am an amateur compared to the rest of the team, who have been involved in many more challenges raising lots of money for charity and I take my hat off to them.
I hope this challenge will inspire others to try something new, you’re never too old!