Student to climb Kilimanjaro after baby sister beat disease

Student to climb Kilimanjaro after baby sister beat disease

15 April 2014

 Elizabeth Gilligan from Torquay is one of 311 students who have signed up for the ultimate summer challenge in 2014, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for us. 

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.

Elizabeth is hoping to raise £2250 for Meningitis Research Foundation by completing the six day trek. The trek is run by Student Adventures who create tailor made adventures for students.

Elizabeth who is currently studying Architecture at Plymouth University said: “This cause holds a special place in my heart because at the age of six weeks my youngest sister Destiny contracted meningitis, this has left her wheel chair bound and completely changed the course of her life. The only way in which this disease can be stopped is through the research done by MRF. I hope that by raising money and awareness, this will never have to happen to another child or family.”

To sponsor Elizabeth you can visit their online fundraising page:

Christopher Head, Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation said “We are so grateful to Elizabeth for agreeing to climb Kilimanjaro in aid of MRF as well as having the adventure of a lifetime she will be raising much-needed funds and awareness of this devastating disease. As her family are sadly well aware, meningitis and septicaemia are diseases that can leave a baby, child or adult fighting for their life within hours of the first symptoms and can leave those that survive with devastating after effects.”

Anyone who would like further information on taking part in challenge events for MRF in 2014 should contact the Student Team on 01454 281814 or email:

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