Limavady climber prepares for ‘tougest challenge yet’

Kieran McCartney from Limavady.
Kieran McCartney from Limavady.

Limavady man, Kieran McCartney is no stranger to difficult treks, having previously taken on some of the world’s most formidable peaks.

However, this Autumn the 36-year-old is preparing for his toughest challenge yet.

Kieran, who works as a general assistant at Tesco in Portstewart, is the only trekker from Northern Ireland to join a team from Tesco to ascend the Mera Peak in Nepal this Autumn.

Kieran’s efforts have been rewarded by raising over £21,000 in the past four years. His latest charitable adventure is part of Tesco’s National Partnership Charities work to raise much-needed funds for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation.

Kieran’s previous missions include a trip to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa which enabled him to raise £6512 for Alzheimer’s Society. In 2013 he tackled the notorious Mount Everest, reaching its base camp in Nepal for Cancer Research UK, a feat of endurance which raised £5346. In 2014 it was time to focus his sights on the other side of the world, climbing Machu Picchu in Peru, a trek which raised £5874 for Diabetes UK. Last year, he mounted an arduous ascent to Mount Kenya’s Point Lenena, raising £4111.

Kieran said: “I am no stranger to fundraising and have raised more than £20,000 over the last four years for the Tesco Partnership Charities, namely Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK.”

The total jackpot he’s raised is £21,843.90. Kieran describes the experiences he’s enjoyed along the way as “amazing” with each trek unveiling its own set of unique qualities, diverse terrain and challenges for Kieran and thanked his twin, Sean for help fundraising.

Tesco Portstewart manager, Robert Mullen said: “We’re so impressed with the efforts Kieran has made to help raise such huge amounts of money and we’ll be supporting him all the way in-store and in spirit as he sets forth on his amazing fundraising journey into the Himalayas.”