Mountain challenge for talented teen

James Dipper is off to Kilimanjaro.
James Dipper is off to Kilimanjaro.

A multi-talented teen is aiming to scale the dizzy heights of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

James Dipper, of Wynyard Close, Shipley View, will be taking on ‘the biggest challenge of my life’ next September – but in the meantime he has to raise £3,800, half of which will go to the charity.

A jack of all trades, and master of most, James who is currently studying Horticulture at Broomfield College, Morley, was previously a product of St John Houghton School.

The determined 17-year-old is leaving no stone unturned in his bid to secure the necessary funds, and part-time jobs are helping to boost his fund-raising efforts.

He is a highly valued volunteer at the British Heart Foundation shop in Bath Street, a qualified lifeguard, brown belt at kickboxing, and a Young Leader with Scout group in the Eastwood.

Just for good measure James is on course to complete a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at Rolls Royce in Hucknall.

As part of his fundraising efforts James is hoping to take part in a sponsored swim at West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton, in coming months.

James said he was ‘really excited’ about the seven-day trek through farmland and rainforests, barren landscapes and finally the snow-capped twin summits of Kilimanjaro – the highest point in Africa.

Mum Helen said “I am so proud of him. He is a teenage boy with his whole life in front of him and already he has fulfilled so many ambitions.

“There are not enough hours in a day and he is a shining example to everyone around him.”

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