A YOUNG woman from Great Comberton who is planning to climb the highest mountain in Africa for charity next month says she has been “overwhelmed“ by the support she has received.
Twenty-year-old student Charlotte Croft is planning to scale Mount Kilimanjaro in August in aid of The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).
Charlotte, who is studying psychology and neuroscience at Manchester University, hoped to raise £2,500 from her climb and she has just topped the £2,000 mark.
“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated so far,” said Charlotte. “I have been overwhelmed by the support.”
As a further fund-raiser, Charlotte will be holding a coffee and cake morning on Saturday, July 28th, from 10.30am to 12.30pm at her parents’ house, Westwood, Russell Street, Great Comberton in aid of MRF.
Charlotte added: “Kilimanjaro at 19,340 feet is the highest peak in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
“The climb will also be a huge personal achievement as I underwent major back surgery six years ago without which I may have become severely disabled.
“There are around 3,400 cases of meningitis in the UK each year. One in 10 of the people who contract it die and many more are left with debilitating after-effects.
“All money raised from the climb will go to the charity and will provide funding for research into the prevention of meningitis.”
You can donate online and view Charlotte’s progress at http://www.justgiving.com/charlotte-croft.
For information about the disease, go to http://www.meningitis.org.