Three Corby men are in training for the challenge of a lifetime – a fundraising ascent of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.
Friends Shaun Fallen, Sheridan Cullen and Steve Davis will be jetting out to Tanzania in October for the trip which has taken months to plan.
Proceeds from the climb will go to Stand Up To Cancer and the men are hoping to raise at least £2,000 for the charity through sponsorship.
Shaun, 41, who lives on the Oakley Vale estate in Corby, said: “None of us have ever done anything this challenging before.
“We wanted to do something for charity and decided on Stand Up To Cancer.
“I have a relative who was recently diagnosed with cancer and fortunately he came through it okay.
“There’s virtually no one who hasn’t been touched by this disease, so we thought it was a good cause to support.”
The friends decided in March to take on Kilimanjaro’s 19,341ft summit, and have been in training since then.
At the end of this month Shaun is to tackle the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing to the top of the UK’s three highest mountains, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, in just 24 hours. He will be raising money for Stand Up To Cancer and getting himself in shape for Kilimanjaro at the same time.
Sheridan, 41, who lives on the Lodge Park estate in Corby, is also following a tough training schedule. He will be running in the Nottingham Marathon and The Suffering, a 10-mile obstacle race at Rockingham Castle, to boost funds for the charity.
He said: “We’re all looking forward to the challenge.
“The terrain will go from tropical rain forest to snow at the mountain’s peak.
“It won’t be easy but we’ve done a lot of research and planning.”
Steve, 38, and a neighbour of Shaun’s, has been hillwalking and climbing to prepare for the expedition.
He said: “We’ve had a lot of help planning the trip from trekking company Private Expeditions. We will have a guide and porters with us and we’ll spend time getting acclimatised to the altitude before we start to climb Kilimanjaro.
“Altitude sickness can be a problem but we’re going to be well prepared.”
Stand Up To Cancer raises money for research into finding a cure for the disease, funding teams of scientists and researchers. The three friends are being sponsored by family, friends and work colleagues.
If you would like to sponsor them visit www.justgiving.com/shaun-fallen or www.justgiving.com/run-climb- obstacle-challenge.