We’ve blogged about 88 year olds and military veteran amputees completing Kilimanjaro charity climbs, but we’ve yet to blog about a child doing so – until now, that is!
We’ve just come across this Get West London news story about ten-year-old Lydia Louw from Uxbridge who was inspired to reach the summit by her mother, who works with people with spinal injuries at a local hospital.
Lydia decided to raise cash for Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro so that the organisation would be able to invest in a Toyra, which uses an Xbox Kinect to improve arm function in people who’ve suffered a tetraplegic spinal cord injury, meaning that home rehabilitation is possible.
“I felt really proud when I reached the top, proud of myself and proud because I wanted to help people with spinal cord injury. I really want to raise all of the money so I am going to do as much as I can to keep going so the charity can buy the Toyra,” she said.
If you’re tempted to complete the Kilimanjaro challenge like Lydia, you’ve got plenty of time to organise a trip since it’s only the start of the year. Why not work out what kind of charity you’d like to support and then get in touch with us here at Kilimanjaro Tours to see how we can help you organise your first trek.
We promise that you’ll soon get bitten by the mountaineering bug and will be booking trek after trek once you’ve completed your first Kilimanjaro climb!