Buchan folk set Mount Kilimanjaro challenge for 2014

Leading Scottish social care charity Cornerstone is appealing for supporters in and around Peterhead to “fill their boots” and sign up for a challenge of a lifetime, which will see them climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – the world’s tallest freestanding mountain.

Cornerstone is planning the ‘Climb Kili for Cornerstone’ charity expedition for October 2014 and is now recruiting up to 40 people who are keen to take up the challenge in Eastern Tanzania.

It is hoped the October 2014 trip will raise thousands of pounds for the adults, young people and children across Scotland who are supported by Cornerstone and live with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health problems and other support needs. The 11-day challenge will see climbers flying from Scotland to Africa and joining an escorted trip led by local guides, reaching the 19,341 ft summit by moonlight after five days of steady climbing. The trip is being organised by Keith Taylor, Cornerstone’s Director of Business Development, who has previously climbed Kilimanjaro.

He said: “Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro really is the trip of a lifetime and many people do it to mark a milestone birthday, retirement, a special anniversary or just to set themselves an amazing challenge. There is a perception that it’s only for the super fit but in fact anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can manage it, the key is to take it slow and steady to acclimatise to the altitude and the group is well supported by the local guides and porters.”

To secure a place on the expedition team, each participant will be asked to pay a non fund able deposit of £350 and commit to raising a further £3500. To register your interest contact Jennifer Douglas on 0141 550 7580, email kili.challenge@cornerstone.org.uk or log on to www.cornerstone.org.uk