A student from Milton Keynes is aiming to raise money for charity by leading a 19-person expedition up Mount Kilimanjaro.
Richard Anderson, 23, who attended Denbigh School, is hoping to raise £1,500 in August’s climb, which would provide sustainable water wells in parts of Africa.
Richard, who is currently a student at Sheffield University, says he applied for the climb because ‘life was a bit boring and I wanted to do something’.
“I am so excited,” said Richard. “We’re hoping to raise £1,500 individually, and £30,000 overall. Part of that goes towards covering the costs of the trip, but most goes towards building sustainable water wells in Africa.
“I think the biggest thing is to raise awareness of what we are trying to do.
“It’s going to be difficult, having 18 people climbing it could get stressful, and if something goes wrong there isn’t going to be a helicopter a few minutes away.”
Richard is working in partnership with the charity Dig Deep, who operate in East Africa to build infrastructure in the form of sustainable water wells.
These new wells are wind-operated and not powered by fuel. Richard says that wind-powered wells are not reliant on a communities ability to buy fuel, and so make water much more available in harder times.
“It’s a small charity, but they do a great job,” he added. “Our expedition will help the charity to continue their work. The figures that we are trying to raise will really change something.”