Laura climbing to roof of Africa

A FARNSFIELD medical student is preparing for the adventure of a lifetime by climbing the world’s highest free standing mountain to raise money for charity.

Twenty-year-old Laura Bennett will attempt the daunting trek up the 5,895m-high Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa, as part of her voluntary work with Childreach International Ltd in August.

The charity is focused on grassroots community development projects in Africa and Laura says she is willing to push herself to her physical limit to reach the top.

“I’m really excited about the climb and can’t wait to go, it’s something I’ve never done before but I’m confident we can get to the top,” she said.

“I’m hoping to raise around £2,440 for Childreach which works with local communities in developing countries to improve healthcare and education.”

The international charity has projects running in Tanzania, Ghana, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh which encourages children, families and communities to take responsibility of projects, becoming stake holders able to provide sustainable solutions to the poverty cycle and shape their own futures. 

The former Southwell Minster School pupil is currently a second year medical student at Nottingham University and has also competed for Mansfield Harriers for many years.

“I do 10km runs so I’m hoping that will help, the most difficult thing will be the lack of oxygen the higher up you go but the company we are going with has a good record of people getting to the summit,” added Laura.

Laura will attempt the six-day climb from 23rd August with a team from Nottingham University and will then work in villages and hospitals around Tanzania following the climb.

“I’d love people from Mansfield to sponsor me in this charity event so we can help give children better opportunities for healthcare and education,” she said.

To sponsor Laura visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/LauraJoBennett-1