Student to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Each year, many people from around the world make their way to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. This impressive natural feature with its three volcanic cones is a dormant volcano and is the highest mountain in Africa.

While a considerable number of individuals make the journey to the top for pleasure and a sense of personal achievement, there are also plenty of people who trek to the summit for charity. One student who is set to do precisely this is Charlie Titmuss.

According to a report in the Malvern Gazette, the 20-year-old is hoping to raise a total of £1,500 for his efforts and he will hand the money over to the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

He plans to make his journey to Africa in September and the Mount Kilimanjaro climb is scheduled to last for six days.

The Exeter University student has selected the charity for personal reasons. Talking about this, he said: “I am pleased to be supporting MRF as I remember a friend of mine at primary school had meningococcal septicaemia. He was in hospital for a long time and needed lots of grafts to replace skin that was damaged.”

Meanwhile, he added that he is “really looking forward to the challenge”.

So far, he has raised more than £500 from a coffee morning and from car boot sales. He is set to do more fundraising after his exams finish and before his Mount Kilimanjaro climb.

Commenting on the student’s efforts, the MRF’s Susie Bailey said: “We are so grateful to Charlie.
Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases that can leave a baby, child or adult fighting for their life within hours of the first symptoms.”

Individuals like Mr Titmuss who want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, whether for charity or not, can arrange their trips with the help of specialist companies to make the process easier.

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