Lakers Managing Director, James Lakey will begin a challenging 7 day trek up Africa’s largest mountain Kilimanjaro on the 15th September 2016. James is undertaking the climb to raise money for local Birmingham children’s charity Happy Days, which helps children with life-limiting illnesses, mental and physical disabilities and those who have suffered abuse and neglect. Happy Days has helped over 200,000 courageous kids throughout the UK with day trips, magical experiences and respite breaks, bringing happiness and hope to them and their families. Last year alone, it supported over 23,000 children and their families. They receive no government funding and rely on valuable support such as this to continue their important work.
The route is approximately 50 miles with an ascent of nearly 20,000 feet. The hike will start on the 15th September through the rain forest, and after a couple of days ascending the habitat will change to alpine desert. The desert will provide little shelter from the elements; intense radiation plagues the day whilst night temperatures plummet to freezing. From the desert James will then trek into arctic conditions, where the oxygen is nearly half that of sea level. At night the cold can fall as low as minus 29 degrees Celsius, however the biggest challenge will be the combination of the altitude and the freezing conditions.
You can help James Lakey raise money for this great cause by donating directly to the Just Giving fundraising page, all donations are greatly appreciated – James Lakey – Just Giving
Just Giving sends your donation straight to Happy Days Children’s Charity and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.
James has also created a blog so you can follow his progress first hand and find out more information as the challenge unfolds….