Holbeach student braced for Kilimanjaro trek

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A STUDENT from Holbeach is planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise money for children in third-world countries.

A STUDENT from Holbeach is planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise money for children in third-world countries.

Laura Biggadike (19) is making the trip to Tanzania in September along with fellow students from Loughborough University.

The fine art student, who also went on a volunteering trip to Zambia two years ago, said: “I really enjoyed my first trip to Africa and decided I definitely wanted to do something similar again.”

Laura needs to raise at least £2,440 for charity Childreach International in order to take part in the gruelling climb.

She added: “This is a once in a lifetime experience to be able to make a positive impact on the children who reap the benefits of the money I raise.”

Before the expedition, the team will spend time in a Tanzanian school to see how the money they raise could help with healthcare, protection and education for children in the developing world.

The climb to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, carrying all of the required equipment, will take four days to complete, with a further day to descend.

Laura is looking forward to the physical and mental challenge of the climb, believing it will be a great learning curve for her.

She is holding a fundraising event featuring performances from local bands at The Mansion House, Holbeach, on April 23, with proceeds from all tickets going to the cause.

Anyone wanting to donate money can do so at www.virginmoneygiving.com/LauraBiggadike.