A CHARITABLE pub landlord took on the challenge of a lifetime to raise money for a children's hospital.

Ian Slamon, manager of the Lord Nelson in Urmston, has successfully scaled Mount Kilimanjaro with three of his customers.

The challenge was done to raise money for The Christie and has taken the pub’s total raised to date up to £15,000, with more still to come.

Mr Slamon, who has managed the Lord Nelson with his wife Julie for 19 years, was joined by Ciaran McKeever, Jason Boyle and John McCarrol to scale Africa’s highest mountain, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world, reaching a peak of more than 19,000ft above sea level.

Setting off on June 20, it took Ian and the expedition team six days to reach the summit from the challenge entrance at Machame Gate.

Over the six days on the Machame route, the team trekked through dense tropical rainforest, scrambled up rocky terrain in their battle to reach the snow-capped peak.

Following his journey, Mr Slamon said: “We endured temperatures as cold as -15°C on the way to the summit as you have to set off at midnight to catch the sunrise. We reached the top around 8am but we had very little energy left in the tank to celebrate our achievement!

“It’s all worth it though for such an incredible cause and we’re glad we can play our part in raising funds.”

The landlord and his wife have conquered a number of mountain challenges over the year, raising £130,000 for various charities after scaling Mount Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains, Machu Picchu in Peru and Angkor Wat, Cambodia.