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Birmingham businessman takes on Everest trek

AT THEIR PEAK: Wade and Cleo were joined by fellow fundraisers

SEVERAL thousand pounds have been raised for a Jamaican hospital by a Birmingham businessman’s intrepid trek to the Mount Everest South Base Camp in Nepal.

Wade Lyn CBE, 58, managing director of Cleone Foods, undertook the climb to an altitude of nearly 18,000 feet alongside his daughter Cleo, 27, aiming to generate £10,000 to purchase vital medical equipment for the Princess Margaret Hospital in St.
Thomas.

“I have never done anything like this before,” said Wade, who has also served as Jamaica’s Honorary Consul for Birmingham since 2014.

“I trained for three or four months to gauge my fitness – on Snowdon a couple of times and going to the gym daily.

“I was sporty when I was younger – I used to run the 400 metres representing the Midlands Counties – but I am in my 50s now!

“But, apart from the cold on the last few nights, it went well.

“The walking was not as hard as I thought it would be and I lost a bit of weight.

“It was a really good experience and I’m proud to have done it.

“I would do it again.”

The annual fundraiser held to support the hospital was cancelled last September, on its 25th anniversary, when its co-founder and chair died. Wade was encouraged to embark on the climb by his daughter, who had also taken on the Three Peaks Challenge and climbed Mount Etna in Sicily.

Wade is the founder of Cleone Foods, the maker of the well-known Island Delight brand of Jamaican patties. It started operating from small premises in inner city Birmingham with five staff and now produces over 100,000 patties a week for retailers across the country.

Wade was born in Chapelton in Clarendon, Jamaica and came to Birmingham with his parents in the 1960s. Wade and Cleo were joined on their climb by fellow fundraisers, who were raising money for a range of organisations including the armed forces and the mental health charity, MIND.

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