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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 (3048214)
Tom aiming high for Kilimanjaro charity challenge
by Ollie Cowan

A SOUTHPORT student as set himself the ultimate challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF)

18-year-old Tom Abrams from Ainsdale will tackle the highest free-standing mountain in the world in September to raise vital funds for the charity.

He is already some way towards his target of £2,850 but is appealing for residents in the resort to dig deep and donate to support his challenge.

Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, Africa, is the tallest free standing mountain in the world at 5,895m and Kibo, the snow-capped peak, is one of the most recognisable sights in the world of adventure

Without a doubt it is a huge challenge for those who are prepared to tackle the landscape and the altitude to reach the summit.

Tom, a former pupil at Formby High, will have to complete the six day trek, which is run by Student Adventures who create tailor made adventures for students.

An excited Tom told our reporter: “This charity means a lot to me and and I know it does to a lot of other people, any contribution, big or small is greatly appreciated.

”I am unbelievably excited about taking on this challenge.

“I have always been adventurous, but this expedition will not compare to anything I’ve done before.

”Meningitis Research foundation funds research into and raises awareness of both meningitis and septicaemia across Britain and Northern Ireland.

“Donations are vital as 10 people contract meningitis in the UK every day, and 5 of these will die or are left with life altering disabilities.”

Susie Bailey, Community Fundraising Officer at MRF, said: “We are so grateful to Tom for agreeing to climb Kilimanjaro in aid of MRF.

”Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases that can leave a baby, child or adult fighting for their life within hours of the first symptoms.

“As well as having the adventure of a lifetime they will be raising much-needed funds and awareness of this devastating disease.”

To sponsor Tom, visit his online fundraising page via

For further information on taking part in challenge events for MRF in 2014, contact Susie Bailey on 01454 281814 or


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