MOULTON Chapel man James Hemmant has lived on the flat lands of Lincolnshire all of his life, but he’s all set to trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world.
James and girlfriend Jarrah, both aged 22, are raising cash for the charity Practical Action, which works with poor communities across the world.
The couple were fundraising at Moulton Chapel’s parade, but they both still have some way to go before they each raise the minimum £2,500 they need to go on the trip in September.
James is hoping people from South Holland will back his fundraising efforts and donate.
He said: “Practical Action works with poor communities across the globe to help them choose and use simple, appropriate and inexpensive technology that will improve their lives for today and generations to come.
“They help people to help themselves and believe that the right idea, however small, can change lives.”
Former Spalding Grammar School pupil James is currently in his fourth year at Loughborough University, studying for a masters in mechanical engineering. Jarrah works as an intern in the university’s marketing and PR department.
James is the son of Moulton Chapel farmer, David Hammant, and his wife Sarah.
He has two sisters, Rachel (25) and Abigail (24).
Kilimanjaro measures some 5,895m to the peak and risks of altitude sickness are high even for experienced climbers.
James said: “This challenge is going to be extremely difficult as I have to endure a six-day trek at altitude.
“Coming from the South Holland area, I am hard-pressed to find even a slight hill, so training to climb a mountain is not going to be easy.”
l For more information on James’s trek and to sponsor him visit www.justgiving.com/James-Hemmant