July 30 2014 Latest news:
Sam Gelder, Reporter
Friday, June 6, 2014
An adventurous student will take on the tallest free standing mountain in the world in aid of a meningitis charity.
Hannah Nicholson, 19, of Hornchurch, is hoping to raise almost £3,000 for the Meningitis Research Foundation when she climbs Mount Kilimanjaro this summer in a six-day trek.
The former student of Sacred Heart of Mary School, in St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, admits she “never dreamed” of setting herself such a challenge, but is looking forward to it, and has already raised almost £2,000.
She said: “It will be completely out of my comfort zone, but I really can’t wait now. Since preparing I have learnt a great deal about meningitis and the importance of research.
“It will be physically and mentally demanding but if I can do it, then anyone can! If there’s anything I have learned in life it’s that we should all give something back, and that’s why I’m climbing Kilimanjaro.”
Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, is the tallest free standing mountain in the world and stands at 5,895m.
Susie Bailey, community fundraising officer at the charity, said: “We are so grateful to Hannah. Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases that can leave a baby, child or adult fighting for their life within hours of the first symptoms.”
To help Hannah reach her target, donate at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HannahNicholson.