AN EMPLOYEE AT ROOFING merchant SIG Design and Technology has raised thousands for mental health charity Samaritans by climbing Africa’s tallest mountain.
Ian Dryden, National Specification Manager at the company, has so far raised almost £8,000 for the charity close to his heart.
Setting off from the UK on Boxing Day, Ian Dryden kept to the trusted Swahili tempo of ‘Pole Pole’ when ascending, slowly, to ensure he hit the snow-capped summit New Year’s Day.
After going through his own battles with mental health, Ian has a unique understanding of the construction industry’s mental health crisis.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that skilled specialists in the construction and building trades are 10 times more likely to die from suicide than a work-based accident.
Ian said, “It’s a real privilege to have been able to raise these funds for the Samaritans.
“They made a huge impact to get me where I am today and it feels fantastic to be able to give back to them.
“The challenge wasn’t always easy, but every step was worth it when I think of how the Samaritans will be able to use these funds.”
Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest single free-standing mountain in the world, and sits 5,885m (19,341 ft) above sea level and 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) from its base in Tanzania.
Stuart Base, Marketing Director of SIG Roofing, said, “It’s a real privilege to have Ian as part of the SIG team, going out of his way to help others and showing great determination to push himself both physically and mentally.
“We’re incredibly proud of his achievements, and look forward to seeing what challenge he undertakes next.”