Climb for CAAT

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Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust is calling for people to take part in a once in a lifetime charity hike to the summit of the world’s highest standalone mountain, Kilimanjaro.

Following in the footsteps of celebrities like Gary Barlow and Cheryl Cole, the charity is urging people in Cornwall to get their hiking boots on for the climb next September.

Tom Matthews, events and community fundraiser for CAAT said:

“This is a really exciting opportunity for someone to achieve something really great, not just for themselves but to help keep Cornwall Air Ambulance flying.The trek is designed to be challenging but achievable by all, even without previous experience; as long as you’ve trained beforehand you should be prepared for the trek of your lifetime.”

It costs around £1.7 million per year to keep the helicopter in the air and it is one of the busiest air ambulances in the UK.

Fund-raisers will spend eight days on the mountain trekking the Lemosho Trail from lush rainforest, over barren plateaus to the snow-peaked summit. The trail is known as the safest and most scenic route up Kilimanjaro and one of the most popular treks in the world.

A launch evening will be held at Cornwall Air Ambulance’s new airbase at 7pm on Friday, August 10 for anyone interested in taking on the challenge.

For more information contact Tom Matthews at charity headquarters on 01637 889926 or email tom@cornwallairambulancetrust.org