Student reaches top of Mount Kilimanjaro

PEAK Victoria Shaw and a friend at the top of Mount  Kilimanjaro
PEAK Victoria Shaw and a friend at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro
Pupils from Cliffdale Primary Academy

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A STUDENT has raised over £1,000 after climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Victoria Shaw, 20, from Titchfield, climbed the mountain with 16 other students to raise money for the Meningitis Research Foundation.

Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and stands at 19,340ft. Victoria raised almost £1,600.

‘It was the trip of a lifetime, and it’s only now that I’m back home that it’s actually starting to sink in that we got to the top,’ she said.

‘It was definitely challenging, harder than any of us had expected and we never would have made it without all the help from our incredible guides and porters.

‘I chose to raise money for MRF because for students it’s a very real and relevant disease that affects so many young people.

‘Raising money for MRF definitely raised awareness within my college at university. Hopefully the money I’ve raised can be put to good use too.’

Chief executive of MRF Chris Head said: ‘We are so grateful to Victoria and all the students who raised money for MRF by climbing Kilimanjaro. Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases that can leave a baby, child or adult fighting for their life within hours of the first symptoms.

‘As well as helping to raise much-needed funds for our work to fight meningitis, they have also helped raise awareness of this disease.’

Visit andvickytakekilimanjaro to make a donation.