HAMPSHIRE dad has reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in memory of his daughter who lost her fight against skin cancer.

Simon Hartley, from Blackfield, hopes his mission to the top of the mountain with friend Marc Daniels will highlight the dangers of the disease that robbed him of his 20-year-old daughter Stacey.

Their achievement has also seen the pair smash their £7,000 fundraising target, so far collecting more than £11,500 for the British Skin Foundation.

As previously reported Stacey lost her fight with the disease, just five months after she was diagnosed. She had never been a sunbather, making her diagnosis much harder for her family to come to terms with.

But not content with their epic climb, the pair are now planning to cross the Great Wall of China next year to keep the funds coming in for the British Skin Foundation.

Simon, who owns an air conditioning company, said: “We feel exhausted, emotionally drained but relief that we have achieved what we set out to do.

“Marc and I would like to thank everyone for the efforts and help over the past very difficult six months.”