LOUGHTON/WOODFORD GREEN: Student to climb Kilimanjaro for charity
A FORMER pupil of Trinity Catholic High School, Woodford Green, is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for a children's charity.
Amelia Carleton, 19, of The Summit, Loughton, is tackling the 19,340ft climb for Childreach International on July 4.
Miss Carleton, who has just finished her first year at Leeds University studying Economics and Philosophy, will carry out the gruelling six-day climb with 28 other students from across the UK.
She said: "I completed my Duke of Edinburgh Award and wanted something new to challenge myself and thought this would be perfect to push myself.
"I'm looking forward to meeting all the children in Tanzania who this money will help."
The climb will take Miss Carleton five days to get up the mountain and just a day to get back down.
"I have no idea why it only takes us a day to get down the mountain, but I guess I will find out," she said.
As they trek up the African mountain the team will experience all kinds of different weather.
"We start off in a jungle and then move into wet marshland. Then as we get above 4,000 feet the climate then gets as hot as the desert and then at the top it gets as cold as the Arctic.
"I'm really not looking forward to altitude sickness, but I can't wait to experience what a different culture is like. I've climbed mountains in the UK before, but to climb in Africa will be totally different," said Miss Carleton.
Childreach International is a charity which addresses children’s most immediate needs, improving their access to education, improving their health, and gaining greater child rights and protection.
To help Miss Carleton reach her target of £2,500 visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ameliacarleton1.