KIND-HEARTED students have completed a climb of Kilimanjaro for underprivileged children – and raised more than £6,000.
Richard Rowe, 22, Josh Ridley, 19, and Jay Davison, 18, all from Peterlee, set off to scale the largest mountain in Africa to help raise money for Childreach UK, which provides help for deprived people of Tanzania, Nepal, India and Bangledesh.
Richard, a Sunderland University student, was leader of the 16-strong group, which together raised £40,000.
It is Richard’s second major climb, but he knows it is not the achievement that counts, but the fact that he will be helping so many in need.
The Oakerside resident, who also took part in a trek up Everest last year, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for all involved with the charity.
“We were set a money-raising target and we all passed that landmark. Now the young people of the deprived countries can live safer and cleaner lives.
“The main thing has always been about the charity and making sure that we help out as we promised we would.
“In terms of their life, it might only be a small contribution, but I know that we are making a difference to someone.”
The Peterlee friends were joined by 13 other climbers on their trek up Kilimanjaro that began in early August and ended last Sunday.
The ascent of Kilimanjaro, 19,340ft above sea level, proved to be “one of the toughest but most thrilling” experiences of Richard’s life.
He now plans on tackling more challenges in the future as he looks to continue his charity work.
“Just being on one of the biggest mountains in the world is an experience in itself,” he added.
“Don’t get me wrong it is unbelievably hard and at times you think you’re not going to get through it, but the lads were great and we pulled through together.
“I would like to do more but not quite yet.
“I think we need a long rest first.”