Pimlico students to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity

Mount_KAdventurous students will take on Africa’s highest mountain this summer to support a children’s charity.

Year 12 students from Pimlico Academy – Aarushi Karki, Mahlet Tadesse and Thomas McCallion – will use skills picked up from camping trips as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award to scale the 5,895m high Mount Kilimanjaro in August.

They beat off competition from 500 other schools across the country to win their place to climb with children’s charity, the Transformation Trust. Teacher Edward James will accompany the pupils on their trek.

He said: “These are three ambitious, bright and enthusiastic students. They’re really looking forward to it, there’s a lot of excitement.

“They’ve been very involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Award in school, so they already have experience of walking, camping and orienteering.”

Money raised will help the charity provide opportunities and activities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

A training weekend in Snowdonia next month and walking trips to Box Hill will help prepare the teenagers for the mammoth challenge.

Mr James said he hopes the team will not be affected by altitude sickness, adding: “This is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“Climbing Africa’s tallest peak will be a physical, mental and emotional challenge for the students but one that will exhilarate and reward in equal measure.”

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