The Ascent

While the rest of the market is facing an uphill struggle to beat the credit crunch, Mortgage Brain chief executive officer Mark Lofthouse is climbing an altogether different mountain - Mount Kilimanjaro.

On October 10 Lofthouse and seven others will begin a six-day trek to the top of the 19,340ft mountain.

“We’ve been training since last November and our main obstacle will be altitude sickness,” a nervous-looking Lofthouse told Mole.

“This is the main reason for not reaching the top and there’s little that can be done about it.”

The team is paying its own way and will raise money for homeless charity St Paul, which is based in Worcester.

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