Kilimanjaro trek for charity

Grantham College student Eliza climbs Kilimanjaro in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Most people sit drinking a cup of coffee and eating a nice big slice of cake at a Macmillan coffee morning, but not our Access to HE student Eliza! She’s decided to climb the highest mountain in Africa for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of her Aunt.

Eliza studies the Access to Higher Education course and hopes to go on and study midwifery at university after her studies at college. 

Having just purchased her first pair of hiking boots ready for the trek, Eliza comments: “Those that know me know how much I hate sports and anything fitness related! I am pushing myself out of my comfort zone in order to raise as much money and awareness for what this amazing charity does.”

Mount Kilimanjaro is 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level and is the toughest mentally and the most demanding physically to climb. During the hike, Eliza will be walking in the early hours in pitch black and sub-freezing temperatures. There is no respite, but what a reward.

Eliza’s ascent will begin on Boxing Day and she will return 10 days later on January 4th 2020. Eliza is hoping to reach the Uhuru peak, the highest point of Africa, on New Year’s Day to watch the sunrise. 

During the hike, Eliza will have no access to toilet facilities and will spend the evenings sleeping under the Tanzanian night sky. 

Good luck on your travels and journey Eliza! We wish you all the best and can’t wait to see you complete this amazing challenge. Show your support to Eliza and help raise money for this worthy charity and donate via: