Mountain challenge

Emily Land from Netherton. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Child Reach International charity.'w7817b207
Emily Land from Netherton. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Child Reach International charity.'w7817b207

A FASHION student is aiming high with her first charity venture as she prepares to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Emily Land, from Netherton, is climbing the Tanzanian mountain that stands more than 5,000 metres above sea-level to raise money for Child Reach International.

The 11-day trip in July will see her trek to the summit of the dormant volcano and visit impoverished and ill children the charity helps.

Miss Land said: “We’ll see a new orphanage and see how it’s changing their lives, and we’ll also see the children who haven’t had the help yet, which will give us more inspiration to do it.”

The 18-year-old, a fashion student at Coventry University, will have to undergo cardiovascular training before she attempts the challenge.

She said: “It’s the first thing I’ve ever really done for charity and I think climbing a mountain is a pretty good start.

“I’ve really jumped straight in at the deep end. But I’m really excited, I can’t wait to get going.”

Miss Land will do the trek with three friends who she has been busy fundraising with.

The group needs to raise £2450 before they go and have a target of £580 to reach by next week.

They have been busy with cake sales and bucket collections and have planned a charity event at a Coventry nightclub.

Dad Graeme Land said: “She wants to help everybody our Emily. She loves doing anything different, she wants to do something with her life and make things happen.”

To sponsor Miss Land visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/emilyclimbingkili.