Two work pals from Dorchester who scaled Mount Kilimanjaro have smashed their fundraising target.

Last month, Colin Johnson and Marcus Drysdale, who both work for Acheson Construction climbed the mountain, which is the highest peak in Africa.

They originally set out to raise £4,000 for the NSPCC, but instead raised more than £8,000.

Mr Drysdale said: “When we saw the target, we were a little bit overwhelmed because it is a lot of family, friends and business associates who have all been interested in our journey, they’ve been very generous.

“The trip was amazing, it was a really great experience for both of us - obviously it was tough but the whole thing was really good, and we were well looked after.”

Despite only just returning from their trip, Mr Drysdale said they could be tempted into tackling another challenge in the future.

He added: “We don’t have anything planned and won’t for a little while, but I know that Colin has done a lot of training and he’s keen to carry on with the fitness regime.

“People get bitten by the bug and I like taking on a challenge, this one was a bit different - but it was a wonderful experience.”

Caroline Morgan, Community Fundraising Manager for Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Dorset added: “The trek is a fantastic achievement by Marcus and Colin and we are glad they’re back home safe and sound.

“They have raised a fabulous amount for local charities and helped local children through the NSPCC for which we are extremely grateful.”

The NSPCC is one of three charities to benefit from the climb, which has raised £8,190 in total so far.

The money will help the charity protect children from abuse through the services it offers.

Last year, the children’s charity’s Schools Service delivered its Speak Out Stay Safe programme to more than 19,000 children across Dorset from over 80 different primary schools.

During each visit, the children are taught about physical, sexual and emotional abuse, as well as neglect and bullying.

The assemblies are tailored to different year groups to ensure the content is age-appropriate and children are helped to identify trusted adults they can speak to if they have a worry or concern.

Anyone who would like to find out more about Marcus and Colin’s challenge, or donate, can visit their fundraising page.

It can be found by searching for Colin Johnson and Marcus Drysdale on the Virgin Money Giving website.