Tuesday, 02 June 2020
A TEAM of 11 people aim to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley.
They will fly to Tanzania on Sunday for the seven-day trek up the 19,341ft peak.
The climbers, who include Henley residents Yvette Kershaw, Nick Steel, Nigel Reading, Ian Gallifant and Shlomo Manheim, hope to raise £50,000.
Each one has committed to raising at least £1,000.
The rest of the team comprises friends and families of young people who are cared for at the centre, off Greys Road. They range in age from people in their twenties to a 69-year-old.
The charity announced plans for the expedition a year ago.
The volunteers will follow the Lemosho route, which goes through arid lowlands and the Shira Plateau moorlands and up the Barranco Wall, an exposed 1,000ft climb.
They will then make for the summit under moonlight.
On the way back down the group will walk through lush tropical rainforests crowded with monkeys and butterflies. The climbers have been on training walks together on Mount Snowdon in Wales and Box Hill in Surrey. Harriet Barcella, community fund-raiser at the centre, said the trekkers were looking forward to the challenge.
She said: “Most of them have never done anything like it before. I think they are excited. They are conscious that the struggles on the climb are incomparable to what the children and families at the Chiltern Centre go through and they hope that will keep them going.”
To donate, visit www.chiltern
16 February 2019
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