Student preparing for six-day charity trek

Student Emily Ablitt, 20, from Burton Latimer, is raising money to fight meningitis by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
Student Emily Ablitt, 20, from Burton Latimer, is raising money to fight meningitis by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

A Burton Latimer student will take on the challenge of climbing Africa’s highest mountain at the start of September.

Emily Ablitt is aiming for the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation.

Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world at 19,341ft.

Emily, 20, a Loughborough University sport and exercise science student, has already raised almost £2,500 ahead of the trek in memory of her grandmother’s twin, who died at a young age of the illness.

Emily said: “Many people don’t realise just how prevalent meningitis is in teenagers and young children.

“After finding out about my grandmother’s twin who died from it at a young age, it made taking on the challenge even more important to me.”

To sponsor Emily visit tinyurl.com/EmilyAblitt.