Student from Richmond to climb Kilimanjaro in memory of friend

Student from Richmond to climb Kilimanjaro in memory of friend

19 July 2012

A student from Richmond has set herself the ultimate challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in September 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.

Sian Jenkins, who is currently studying at Birmingham University, is hoping to raise £2500 for Meningitis Research Foundation by completing the six day trek. The trek is run by Student Adventures who create tailor made adventures for students.

Sian, who sadly lost her best friend Hannah King to meningitis four years ago is completing the trek in her memory. She said: “Meningitis is a disease very close to me. Hannah was a great friend and losing her left a huge hole in my heart and in the hearts of those who were lucky enough to get to know her. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a perfect opportunity for me to raise money for this worthy cause because what I loved most about Hannah was her ability to take on anything. She loved a good challenge and always took part with a smile on her face. This is probably going to be my greatest challenge ever, but I can’t wait to do it in memory of Hannah!”

To sponsor Sian you can visit her just giving page:

Susie Bailey, Fundraising Officer at MRF, said “We are so grateful to Sian 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

Photograph: Hannah King (left) and Sian Jenkins (right) 

Sam Williams
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