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Red Hot Kili-Trekkers get set for charity climb

Sports tutor Mike Smith has been training hard for an adventure of a lifetime when he and nine of his friends – together known as the Red Hot Kili-Trekkers – will climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.

Mike, who teaches BTEC Sport at the Sixth Form, has been working out in the gym and cycling to get fit, as well as completing a practise climb up Ben Nevis, a Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition, and a five-day hike on the Yorkshire Moors in preparation for the mammoth challenge in February.

The Red Hot Kili-Trekkers, all connected to Maldon Cricket Club, where Mike plays cricket, are hoping to raise more than £30,000 for four charities: The Teenage Cancer Trust, Alzheimer's Society, MIND and the David Randall Foundation (set up in memory of 21-year-old cricketer David Randall who passed away from cancer).

The trip will take place from 14th February next year for 12 days, with the climb itself actually taking 8 days.

Mike, pictured on the left below with one of his fellow trekkers, said: “The trek to the top will take six and a half days and then the trek back down takes one and a half days. On the last day up we will leave our base camp at around 12 midnight so that we get to the summit between 9 and 10 the following morning. Then we’ll head back down once we have taken it all in.

“I am looking forward to the challenge but I’m quite nervous. I think I will be fine with the physical side of things, but I am a bit worried about altitude sickness which can make you lethargic, dizzy and give you headaches.”

Mike says the college has been very supportive and is sponsoring him for the climb, but he’d like more donations so that he can raise as much as possible.

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