AN ILKESTON construction worker, about to climb Africa’s highest mountain, is hoping to have raised a total of £4,000 for charity before he goes.
James Flynn, 23, is funding the trip to Tanzania himself in order to climb Mount Kilimanjaro next Thursday and will donate all money raised to Cancer Research.
He said: “I am feeling nervous but excited at the same time. It’s going to be an incredible challenge.”
The former St Thomas RC Primary and St John Houghton pupil is no stranger to physical feats for charity, having raised cash for the charity after competing in the Robin Hood half marathon and a charity football match.
“Cancer is a devastating illness, which touches many people’s lives directly and indirectly,” he explained. “I just want to raise as much as I can for this worthy cause.”
St Thomas parish hall hosted a barn dance last weekend, which raised £1,178.15, thanks in part to raffle prizes donated by Weleda.
And with more than £2,000 already raised on the internet and cash to come from donation buckets at Sean’s Jacket Potato stall in the Albion Centre, Keith Hall hairdressers and the Three Horseshoes pub, James should have raised more than £4,000.
St John Houghton is holding a non-uniform day tomorrow and James’s employers Vinci Construction will be adding cash to the pot.
Go to www.justgiving.com/kilimanjaromarch2011 to donate.