Climbing up to the roof of Africa for children’s charity

Paul Barcham at the top of Ben Nevis last year during the Three Peaks Challenge.
Paul Barcham at the top of Ben Nevis last year during the Three Peaks Challenge.

A north Northumberland man is jetting off to Africa today for a 10-day adventure as he attempts to climb Africa’s highest mountain.

Paul Barcham, who lives near Belford, is heading to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, along the Machame route to the summit at 5,895metres, to raise funds for charity.

He is looking to collect £5,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, a charity with a single purpose – to grant magical wishes to children and young people aged three to17 fighting life-threatening conditions.

Paul is due to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport tomorrow before starting the trek on Saturday.

By nightfall, they should have reached Machame Camp at 3,100metres.

After three further days’ climbing, the group will attempt the Uhuru summit – the roof of Africa – next Thursday.

Paul’s fund-raising quest is going well, having already raised £3,865, in part thanks to sponsors such as H&RL Scott, RH Sprott & Son, Birdsalls Concrete, Ancroft Tractors, Lycetts, World First UK Ltd, Greenwoods 24/7 and IFfluent.

To sponsor him, visit www.doitforcharity.com/PBarcham