Appeal aims for high point

Sky Sports football pundit Chris Kamara (right) with two other members of the Marie Curie Kilimanjaro trek at the top of the mountain
Sky Sports football pundit Chris Kamara (right) with two other members of the Marie Curie Kilimanjaro trek at the top of the mountain

LEYTHERS are being asked to embrace their spirit of adventure and sign up for an African trip of a lifetime to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The charity, which provides nursing support to sufferers of cancer and other terminal diseases in their own homes, is looking for volunteers to take part in a 10-day expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro this September.

Marie Curie hopes the trip will raise £60,000, and it is also being supported by the Leigh Reporter’s Safe Hands Appeal.

The trip to the summit of the 5,895-foot peak in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa, will take the intrepid walkers up the Rongai route, considered one of the most accessible paths to the summit.

The walkers will face a five-day trek to the top then a further day’s trek down the mountain.

The trek has received celebrity endorsement from Sky Sports pundit and former professional footballer Chris Kamara, who has climbed Kilimanjaro for Marie Curie in memory of his mother.

He said: “it was an unbelievable experience with great camaraderie all round. There were a lot of people in our group who went up the mountain for personal reasons”.

Anyone looking to take part in the trip must have a high level of fitness and should do plenty of practice walking and training beforehand, as the trek involves 16-hour walking days at high altitude.

Registration for the trip costs £350, and anyone going must raise a minimum of £3,750 sponsorship money, around £1,000 of which must be paid by July 5.

To find out more or register for the trek, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/kilimanjaro or call 08700 340 040.