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Student from Stourbridge to climb Kilimanjaro

Student from Stourbridge to climb Kilimanjaro

10 August 2012

A student from Stourbridge has set himself the ultimate challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in September to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation.

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.

James Sheldon, who is currently studying at Cambridge 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.

James said: "This is a hugely exciting challenge, and I am delighted to be doing it for such a great cause. Meningitis Research Foundation strives for a world free from meningitis and septicaemia and invests heavily in groundbreaking scientific research. The money raised will support this and hopefully make a meaningful difference. I am currently in intense training to prepare myself for both the altitude and the epic 16 hour summit climb!"

To sponsor James you can visit his just giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/James-Sheldon

Susie Bailey, Fundraising Officer at Meningitis Research Foundation, said "We are so grateful to James 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, he 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.

Sue Baggott
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