When his friends let him down, city worker Nick Parrott decided to go ahead and climb Kilimanjaro on his own.
The 29-year-old took on the highest mountain in Africa in aid of Docklands-based charity Richard House .
He first heard about the hospice as his team East London RFC often held fundraisers to support its work with terminally ill children and their families.
In the end Nick ended up climbing the Lemosho route in Tanzania with a group of 29 strangers who he got to know over the seven days it took to complete.
Nick said:“I will say doing something like this, as challenging as it was, was literally the trip of a lifetime.
“Raising money for such a worthwhile cause and achieving what I set out to do just made everything that much better.
“I would recommend anybody to take on a similar challenge and I am already planning my next one.”
His climb in July raised more than £2,800 for Richard House.
Community and events fundraiser Tom Murtagh said: “A huge thank you to Nick for his fantastic fundraising efforts and a big well done to him for not giving up.
“The support we get from individuals like Nick is vital in ensuring we can continue to provide our services to the children and families who attend Richard House.”