Former student has mountains of support for charity climb

A former Withernsea High School student has got his sights set high with ambitious plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.

18-year-old Nathan Petch of Winestead is on a mission to raise money for Childreach International, a UK-based charity whose aim is to work with local communities around the world to create a brighter future for children living in poverty - improving their access to healthcare, education and child protection.  

Nathan, a first year History student at the University of Hull, has accepted the challenge of raising £2750 to take part in the climb. At least 55% of this sum of money will go straight to the charity with the remainder going towards funding the climb which is set to take place in August 2015.

At 5,895 meters (19,341 ft) above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. Alongside the once-in-a-lifetime experience of climbing one of the natural world’s best known landmarks, the trip will also provide an insight in to the lives and culture of the mountain’s local community whilst immersing climbers in some of the most breath-taking scenery in Africa.

Nathan commented: “Having always had a great fascination with travel and an interest in charity work I have accepted the challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro not only for pride, but more importantly to make a difference in the world by raising money for such a great charity. This will certainly be an experience to remember, giving me the opportunity to test my own ability whilst doing it for a worthy cause. I would be extremely grateful for any donations in support of this fantastic opportunity.”

Over £800 has already been raised through online donations on the BT sponsored 'My Donate' site. Link:

Alternatively, people can donate £3 simply by texting UNLOCK 152534 to 70007

Nathan Petch attended Withernsea High School between 2007 and 2014. He is currently reading History at the University of Hull.

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