Student’s charity hike up Mount Kilimanjaro

Sam Gent, who will be hiking up Kilimajaro for charity in August
Sam Gent, who will be hiking up Kilimajaro for charity in August

A daredevil Ilkeston student is bracing himself to climb one of the world’s highest peaks, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise money for Childreach International.

Sam Gent, 19, of Cotmanhay Road, is a student at Nottingham Trent University and will join 16 other students in August for the climb in Tanzania.

He has been set the target of raising £2,650 by July for the charity, which transforms children’s lives worldwide.

He will also have to pay his own travel costs and for hiking equipment, which could cost in excess of £800.

“I wanted a challenge and Mount Kilimajaro is a big one,” said Sam.

“I’m not a hugely active person and have never hiked before, so it is going to be tough.”

His brother, Joe Gent, 21, said: “ It’s usually me that’s the sporty one, I’m so jealous because I’d love to do it.”

Sam has raised almost £800 of his target with help from local businesses and is asking more businesses who may want to help, to come forward.

Jilly’s sandwich shop, The Works hairdresser’s and Petals Flowers have all placed charity buckets in-store.

The student also organised a weekend market stall in Ilkeston selling cakes. He raised almost £100.

His next fundraiser is a band night at The Davy Lamp pub in The Triangle, Ilkeston on March 29 from 8pm where people can donate.

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