A GROUP of intrepid fund-raisers geared up for the challenge of a lifetime by camping out in a city centre.
Richard Langdon, Graham Duncan, Peter Diehl, David Hardy and Nathan Brown, are travelling to Tanzania in October to take on a Mount Kilimanjaro trek in support of St Cuthbert’s Hospice.
Adventurer Andy Thornber will join the trekkers for the adventure this autumn.
To prepare for their challenge, the five campers pitched up a campsite in Durham’s Market Square, giving them a taste of the outdoor life they will face during their trip.
Graham Duncan, 30, of Beamish, is raising money for the hospice after it cared for his mum in 2008.
He said: “The time she spent in St Cuthbert’s Hospice made me and my family realise what a tremendous service the staff offer.
“I have always wanted to give something back for the support we received and this trek seemed like the perfect opportunity.”
Cotswold Outdoors in Durham City provided tents and equipment for the team to sleep in and are also supporting the challenge by providing advice sessions to the trekkers.
The group’s once-in-a-lifetime challenge will begin when they fly to Tanzania on October 13.
From there they will spend two days helping with a community project before driving to Marangu Gate, where they will begin their six-day ascent to the peak of the highest freestanding mountain in the world.
Laura Barker, event co-ordinator at St Cuthbert’s Hospice, said: “Our Kilimanjaro participants are energetic, enthusiastic and raring to go.
“The camp-out is good preparation for them and will give them a snippet of what it’ll be like on their expedition. It’s also a good chance for the group to get to know each other.”
To contribute to the Mount Kilimanjaro fund-raiser, phone Laura Barker on 386 1170 or visit www.stcuthbertshospice.com