Teachers’ charity Kilimanjaro climb

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A TEACHING trio will be aiming high when they attempt to climb the highest peak in Africa to raise money for Cancer Research.

Pocklington School teachers Hannah McNelly, Joanne Denison and Nikki Whatford will try to climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, this August. It will take them approximately five days to climb the 6,000 metres.

They will camp during the night and trek for an average of six hours a day. On the day the group aim for the summit they will have to trek for a total of 13 hours, starting with a slow, steep ascent in the dark, lit by headtorches.

Miss Whatford, who marries her fiancé Alistair Scott-Somers the weekend before the challenge and has postponed her honeymoon until their return, said the group were looking forward to the challenge, despite the problems they may encounter.

She said: “Obviously the climb will have its challenges – the blisters, the insects, the sleepless nights, the fatigue, the illness, the lack of five-star facilities and the possibility of altitude sickness.

“However, the experience will, of course, have its rewards – the breath-taking scenery, the teamwork and camaraderie in our group of 15 friends, the unbelievable experience and the knowledge that we are raising money for an extremely good cause which is close to many of our hearts.”

To sponsor the team please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/mtkilimanjaro2011.