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OSSMA Takes To Kilimanjaro In Charity Trek

Posted on: March 30, 2017

Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy are getting ready to cheer on three teachers who are planning to conquer the highest freestanding mountain in the world in August this year, in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Pete Jepson, aged 46 from Blurton, Sarah Weaver, aged 28 from Stone, and Danny McLaughlin, aged 57, from Hanford, are all set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, which stands 19,341 feet above sea level.

The three are no strangers to difficult challenges. Pete, who is the Senior ICT Technician at the academy, has taken part in two 100-mile cycling sportives and has completed the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge, which consists of Mount Snowdon, Cadar Idris & Pen Y Fan.

Sarah, who is Head of Design Technology at the academy, spent four weeks trekking across Canada, visiting Yoho, Jasper, and Banff National Parks, and climbing a variety of mountains on route. She has also been white-water rafting on the Kicking Horse River and taken helicopter rides over the ice glaciers.

Danny, the Attendance Manager, has completed three 50-mile ultra-distance running events, plus over 50 marathons. He has also run the Marathon De-Sables, spanning 155 miles across the Sahara desert, during which he carried everything needed to survive in a multi-day race.

Pete, Sarah and Danny will be climbing to the summit of Kilimanjaro in just six days to raise money for the charity. The fastest route to the summit takes four to five days but the rapid ascent makes it a difficult and dangerous mountain to climb, due to the risks of altitude sickness.

Danny McLaughlin, Attendance Manager at OSSMA said: 

“By climbing to the top of Kilimanjaro, we are hoping to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK, a wonderful charity pursuing a vital cause.”

“We are reaching out to sponsors who are interested in seeing their company logo at the top of Kilimanjaro, or getting excellent reviews on clothes they have donated to us, like Merino wool garments which we will need for summit night, when the temperature drops well below freezing.”

Pete, Sarah and Danny have set up a JustGiving page for anyone who would like to donate online to Cancer Research UK: