Duo’s Kilimanjaro Macmillan Cancer Support challenge

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Two local men are aiming to stand on top of the world’s highest free standing mountain for a good cause.

Jason Andrews and Paul Tuxworth plan to undertake the 12 hour climb up Mount Kilimanjaro for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Jason said: “Both of our families have been affected by cancer, and due to this we have chosen Macmillan Cancer Support as the charity to fundraise for. You may have heard that one in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest thing most of us will ever face, making Kili a walk in the park.

“If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, you’ll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way.

“Macmillan Cancer Support provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care, so each and every donation will be for a very worthy cause and one which you or a family maybe may need to utilise in the future.

“I know it’s a clichéd saying but every little does help, so even if it’s just a pound please take the time to donate.”

Mount Kilimanjaro, at 19,334ft above sea level is the highest free standing mountain in the world and the highest point in Africa.

Jason said: “Our route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west beginning October 12, crossing the caldera of Shira Volcano before traversing beneath the southern icefields of Kibo, Kilimanjaro’s highest volcano.

“We have eight days of trekking on the least trekked routes, hence we can really savour the immense wilderness of the Shira Plateau, with stunning views of the glaciers on the crater rim to take our minds of the pain and altitude sickness, not to mention the 12 hour slog on summit day.”

This is not the first epic fundraising challenge for Jason.

In 2011 he completed the National Three Peaks Challenge and with the help of Leader readers raised over £1,500 for Cancer research.

Last year, the Smoking Aces managed to raise a further £2,000 for Action Medical research after doing a 50 mile bike ride through the Lake District, climbing Helvellyn, England’s second highest mountain, and finishing with a two mile row across a very choppy lake in under 12 hours.

To support Jason and Paul’s Kilimanjaro challenge please visit the website www.justgiving.com/JMA-PT1-Kilimanjaro and make a donation.