BBC Suffolk's Lesley Dolphin was part of a team of 14 who were climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in January 2011. They were raising money for the new £3m EACH children's hospice in Ipswich. As well as walking, the team had to cope with altitude sickness.
The team started walking on Sunday 9 January. By the end of the second day of walking the team had reached 11,811ft (3,600m). Lesley Dolphin said: "I felt quite sick by the end of the day".
Team member Ian Rowledge at the campsite at Mawenzi Tarn where the team spent the night of Monday 10 - Tuesday 11 January. The blue tent is the latrine.
Team members carried a small essentials rucksack each, while their clothing, camping equipment and food was taken up by porters from the African Walking Company. There were 44 local guides and helpers.
On the fourth day of walking, Lesley wondered what she'd let herself in for as team members were already suffering from the effects of altitude sickness. "I just went to bed whenever I could," said Lesley.
The team crosses the 'lunar desert' of the Saddle from Mawenzi Tarn to the Kibo campsite at 15,420 ft (4,700m). Lesley, who had been feeling quite ill, said: "I left my mark on the Saddle behind a rock!"
Treehouse Appeal team members Jayne and Steve Flory by the wreckage of a plane that crashed on Kilimanjaro. All photos taken by the 14 walkers.
As well as carrying the bags and preparing the campsites, the guides cooked the meals including soup and vegetable stews.
On Wednesday 12 January the team registered at Kibo before the final ascent. They arrived in the afternoon, rested and then set off again at 11pm in the evening for a long walk in the dark.
The team witnessed the sunrise as they made the final ascent on Thursday 13 January. Lesley said: "I had tried to opt-out of the final climb, but I was taken up by a guide called Remy who convinced me to keep going and it was amazing."
Lesley made it to the Gilman's Point summit on the rim of one of the volcano crater rims at 18,638ft (5,681m).
Four team members (and their guides) walked to the true summit of Uhuru Peak at 19,340ft (5,895m). The intrepid quartet were (l-r) David Rowledge, Mark Loades, Stuart Scarff and Nick Jacob.
The team descended to the moorland level and reached the final campsite at Horombo at 12,205ft (3,720m). Lesley said: "Many of the team suffered from sleeplessness, but we all made the most of our seven two-person tents here."
The team arrived back at their hotel in Marangu, Tanzania on Friday 14 January. They raised over £35,000 for the EACH Treehouse Appeal. Read more of the day-to-day Kilimanjaro diary in See Also below.
Organiser Steve Flory on the coach back to Suffolk from Heathrow on Sunday 16 January. Click on 'EACH appeal trip up Kilimanjaro' below to watch Lesley's video.