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Banbury man's battle to the summit inspires the Integration Technology team

A Banbury man who had lost his leg below the knee to urgent surgery has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and raised more than ?16,000 for charity with support from Upper Heyford-based Integration Technology Ltd (ITL).


When a member of staff at the Oxfordshire company announced that his son was to be one of a small team of five to tackle Africa's highest peak, the news provoked a certain amount of interest.

But when colleagues heard the full story behind 41-year-old plumber Andy Ward's attempt on the mountain, they decided to do more than just sit and watch his progress.

Serious life-threatening complications resulting from a form of cancer had resulted in Andy losing his leg below the knee just three years ago.

Now, he was to put himself through a test of extreme physical endurance to raise money for charity, UCARE (Urology Cancer Research and Education) and contribute to research to help fellow patients.

Two important team members with Andy all the way were the porter who carried his spare 'leg' and specialist nurse, Gemma Crane.

Gemma nursed Andy through his illness at a time when there seemed little hope that he would survive. She took on the climb as her own personal challenge but was also there as medical back up for Andy if necessary.

Snow-capped Kilimanjaro towers 5895m over the plains of Tanzania. "No technical climbing is involved," she relates. "But we did face a highly strenuous thirty-three kilometre hike through the rainforest and across high moorland to the glacial terrain of the summit.

"By day five of the climb, the altitude can affect anyone, no matter what their fitness level.

"An important factor in the climb for Andy was his determination to show that he was no different to anyone else and that he could rise to such a challenge."

Andy and Gemma (pictured) recently visited ITL to meet the team at the company's headquarters to receive donations to UCARE collected by staff members of ?290, together with a cheque from the company for ?1000.

ITL is a pioneering manufacturer of ultra-violet curing systems for the worldwide inkjet printer market and recent proud winner of the 2009 Queen's Award for International Trade.

Commenting on Andy's achievements, ITL Director of Global Accounts, David Johnson said:

"The entire workforce at ITL was truly inspired by Andy's determination and we have been following progress reports of his climb closely.

"It's a real pleasure to have him with us today and to join in contributing to such a worthwhile cause as UCARE."

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Issued February 2009 on behalf of Integration Technology Ltd by

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About Integration Technology Ltd (ITL)
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EDITORS' NOTES:
For comment/interview with ITL management and/or technologists, contact:
Peter Muir peter.muir@pmpr.co.uk tel. 00 44 (0)1296 175228 mobile 00 44 (0)7703 648077


About UCARE

Gemma runs clinics for cancer patients and their families and, as part of her work, has created an interactive web-based support group for men with testicular cancer.

Her online forum is based at http://www.oxfordcancerinfo.org.uk

Information on the Kilimanjaro project can be found on
www.ucareoxford.org.uk/news/kilimanjaro.html

About Integration Technology Ltd (ITL)
Please follow this link: http://www.pmpr.co.uk/int_technology.htm

For comment/interview with ITL management and/or technologists, contact:

Peter Muir peter.muir@pmpr.co.uk tel. 00 44 (0)1296 175228 mobile 00 44 (0)7703 648077 

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