Kilimanjaro climb for charity

This August I will be preparing my backpack, strapping on my hiking boots and heading to Tanzania. I will be embarking on a 62-kilometre journey up the world’s largest free-standing mountain (5895m), Mount Kilimanjaro. You may be thinking, why would I want to spend my summer putting my leg muscles through pain, enduring the African heat (and bugs!) and sleeping on the mountainside throughout the six days of the climb? Well, whilst I very much love a challenge, physically and mentally, there is a much bigger goal in mind. In the months preceding the climb I will be fundraising on behalf of a charity called Dig Deep. They provide taps, toilets and training to communities in Kenya so they can have ready access to clean water; a human right that so many of us take for granted. It also means young children can spend more time in education as they will have less time off ill; a consequence of the unsanitary water they are forced to settle for. I shall therefore be stepping foot on this dormant volcano in the hope I can make positive changes to people whose lives are without something I have been fortunate to have had my whole life.

If you would like to support me and the charity, then please visit the web address below to sponsor me and find out more information. Anything at all you can give will help! Thank you.

www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/sophiesclimb

Sophie Taylor, Year 1 Medical Student