A Staffordshire couple are preparing to climb the highest freestanding mountain in the world for Midlands Air Ambulance.
This October, Chris and Chrissy Leak (aged 60 and 52) from Stafford will attempt to climb 5,896 metres to the summit of Kilimanjaro. On the way they will have to trek through dense jungle, high moorland and past huge glaciers flowing down from the summit.
Extreme fundraiser Chris Leak says “Nine years ago our 21 year old son had an accident at work and Midlands Air Ambulance was called in an attempt to save his life. Unfortunately this was unsuccessful but even in our grief we are always grateful for their efforts and realise that the service does save so many lives, so we want to give something back to the charity for all their efforts in memory of our son. Climbing Kilimanjaro will certainly be challenging but my wife and I love keeping fit and see it as a great way to raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance as well as celebrate my 60th year.”
The couple aim to raise £1.00 for every metre they climb, hopefully achieving almost £6,000 for the Charity.
Midlands Air Ambulance wishes Chris and Chrissy the best of luck on what must be one of the toughest fundraising challenges.