A Christian community worker is tackling Africa’s highest mountain.
Rebecca Davis, 38, of the Northumbria Community, a Christian group based in Felton, starts her climb up Mount Kilimanjaro today.
She is doing the trek for Jubilee Action, which seeks to rescue, rehabilitate and transform the lives of children most at risk due to extreme poverty and exploitation.
It is also a return to country in which she grew up.
“I was born in Kenya and grew up in Tanzania,” she said.
“My father, who’s an agriculturalist, was involved in development projects while I was growing up. So Kilimanjaro has been in my life for many years.
“We moved around a lot but my family lived not far from the mountain for a few years when I was a teenager, so it will be a homecoming of sorts.
“To return to my childhood home for the first time in 22 years will be wonderful. And it’s very special for this first trip back to be climbing Kilimanjaro and raising funds for something I feel so passionate about.”
“My faith as a Christian has directly influenced my choosing to do this climb aswell.
“I really believe that my faith and life should reflect God’s heart for the vulnerable and oppressed, whoever they are and in whatever country they live in.”
The climb finishes on June 30 and Rebecca wants to raise around £5,000. Sponsor her at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving