Taking Pompey to new heights to raise money

Tom Gorringe and Neil Weld, who will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
Tom Gorringe and Neil Weld, who will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
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Colleagues from Portsmouth Football Club will be taking Pompey to new heights as they plan to scale Mount Kilimanjaro.

Marketing executive Tom Gorringe and club reporter Neil Weld will be trekking up the mountain in Tanzania to raise money for the Football League’s chosen charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The pair have set a target of £8,000 and organised an e-mail auction of players’ shirts from a charity match played against Middlesbrough to help raise money.

Fifteen shirts, which have been signed by each Pompey player, are being auctioned in batches of five.

People have until midday on Monday to place a bid for the first set. The other shirts will go online a few days later.

Tom, 21, of Norfolk Street, Southsea, said: ‘There will be a minimum of a £50 bid for each shirt.

‘Bidders must e-mail their name, contact number and bid, to us, with the highest bidder winning the signed shirt.’

Tom first became involved with the climb during Christmas last year.

He explained: ‘I made the decision to do the climb when Marie Curie Cancer Care sent out letters to teams to see if anyone wanted to go over there.

‘I just decided in the moment that I wanted to do it.

‘Then I got Neil involved because I didn’t want to do it on my own and he agreed.

‘We want to raise £8,000, but if we can raise more then it’ll be fantastic.’

The duo will be embarking on their adventure on June 27 and will be away for 10 days.

They have also offered a sponsorship deal of £250 for businesses to advertise on Pompey shirts that will be worn at the top of the mountain.

Neil, 26, of Jubilee Road, Waterlooville, said: ‘This will be a great experience as I have never been to that part of the world.

‘I’m nervous, but also excited about the trip.’

Both have been training to get fit to scale the 19,341ft tall mountain.

Tom said: ‘I did the London Marathon this year to prepare and we both climbed Ben Nevis.

‘We’re making sure we’re eating the right thing and keeping fit to get prepared for the climb.’

To find out more about the auction visit portsmouthfc.co.uk and click on the Kilimanjaro link. To bid, e-mail mariecurie@pompeyfc.co.uk and to donate money go to justgiving.com/pompeytrek