A CARING group of Vale friends have embarked on a quest to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in aid of New Hope Children’s Charity.
Lauran Bailey together with Joe Bailey, Ben Hayward and Zach Bailey scaled the mountain on the ‘Lemosho’ route, taking in everything from rainforests to glaciers on the eight-day climb to the Roof of Africa which began earlier this week.
New Hope is a charity based in Worcester, which provides respite care for children with disabilities and severe learning difficulties during weekends and the school holidays.
In addition to enjoying tailored care at the New Hope base, the funding allows the children to enjoy exciting adventures in the local community, from swimming and bowling, to trips to the Harry Potter Experience.
Lauran was a support worker at the charity whilst training to become a teacher in 2013, and following a cut in their Children In Need funding thought it would be fantastic to help raise money for the worthy cause.
The group have been busy training over the past 18 months, climbing the three peaks of Britain, as well as scaling local landmarks from Bredon Hill to the Beacons of the Malverns.
Standing a breath-taking 5,895 metres above sea level, or half the height that a jumbo jet flies at, it will take 6 days for the group to summit mountain, beginning in the lush rainforests of East Africa, before reaching the icy glaciers of the summit.
So far the group have raised over £5000 for the charity, hosting a tag rugby tournament as well as a curry and quiz night in the past year.
All of the money raised will be donated to the charity.
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamnewhope for more on their adventure.