Northampton students in Kilimanjaro trek challenge

Student Tara Murphy prepares to hand the donation over to Childreach International.

Student Tara Murphy prepares to hand the donation over to Childreach International.

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Nine students from the University of Northampton are tackling by foot the highest free-standing mountain in the world to raise funds for a children’s charity.

The students are part of a wider group of 19 who have already raised £29,960 for Childreach International, which is running a project to help children who live close to Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. As well as scaling the mountain, they will visit the project, which aims to increase the attendance of children at school by making sure they have enough to eat - through improving farming and enabling the local farm to supply free school lunches.

Laura Pickering, leader of the university’s Childreach Challenge, and fellow student Charlotte Brookes organised a Gatbsy party as part of the group’s fundraising, while Matilda Hunt spent more than seven hours walking along all of the streets of London that are included on the Monopoly board.

Vice President of Student Experience for the Students’ Union, Liren Zhang, said: “At the University of Northampton Students’ Union we wish our students taking part in the challenge best of luck and we look forward to offering wider support and advice through RAG in the years and adventures to come.”