Student from Colwyn Bay to climb Kilimanjaro

Student from Colwyn Bay to climb Kilimanjaro

18 May 2012

A student from Colwyn Bay has set herself the ultimate challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in August to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, Africa, is the tallest free standing mountain in the world and stands at 5,895m. Kibo, the snow capped peak, is one of the most recognisable sights in the world of adventure and it is a huge challenge for those who are prepared to tackle the landscape and the altitude to reach the summit.

Melissa Hughes, who is currently studying at Manchester University, is hoping to raise £2,500 for Meningitis Research Foundation by completing the six day trek. The trek is run by Student Adventures who create tailor made adventures for students.

Melissa said: “Students have a high risk of contracting meningitis, which is why I believe that it is very important for me, as a student, to raise awareness and money for MRF. It’s going to be a great experience and is something I can always look back on and say, “I tackled the tallest mountain in Africa for a good cause!”

To sponsor Melissa you can visit her Justgiving page:

Susie Bailey, Fundraising Officer at MRF, said “We are so grateful to Melissa who is raising money for MRF by climbing Kilimanjaro. Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases that can leave a baby, child or adult fighting for their life within hours of the first symptoms. As well as helping to raise much-needed funds for our work to fight meningitis, she has also helped raise awareness of this devastating disease."

Anyone who would like further information on taking part in challenge events for MRF in 2013 should contact a member of the Fundraising Team on: 01454 281814

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

Hi, I’m Sam and I’m MRF's PR Manager.

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