A former Esher College student will climb Mount Kilimanjaro later this year to raise money for the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

Jack Attard, 18, of Walton Road, will set off on September 4 for the six-day trek to the top of Africa’s tallest mountain and hopes to raise £2,850 in the process.

The University of Birmingham (UoB) student will be joined by 24 other young people, with the group choosing the famous mountain due to the challenging climb it presents.

Speaking of why he chose to fund raise for MRF, Mr Attard said: “A close friend of mine was affected by meningitis last year and that really brought the severity of the disease to my attention. Awareness of the symptoms in the first hours can be the difference between life and death.

“Meningitis doesn't just affect the individual; it changes the lives of their friends and family. When I saw the opportunity to raise money for MRF advertised at university, I went for it straight away.”

Mr Attard said his family supported his fundraising, with his mother, who owns Hopscotch Shoe Boutique in East Molesey, placing a charity box in her store.

To help raise the funds, Mr Attard will pack bags in supermarkets, do charity obstacle course runs and hold a quiz night at Vine Hall on April 12.

To donate, visit virginmoneygiving.com/jackattard or to buy a ticket for the quiz night, email janeattard62@gmail.com.