Siblings to tackle Kilimanjaro challenge for Blind Veterans UK

6 June 2014 10:35

A pair of siblings are setting out to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and support Blink Veterans UK who support blind military veterans – including their grandfather.

Ceri and Nick Greenfield, from Guildford and Brighton respectively, will be tackling the world's highest free-standing mountain to raise money for Blind Veterans UK.

The pair was inspired to raise money for the charity after their grandfather, an ex-National Service man who has been supported by the charity since April 2012.

29-year-old Ceri, who works as Head of Chemistry at Tomlinscote School and Sixth Form in Frimley, Surrey, said that seeing the help that her grandfather had received from the charity had been an inspiration: "Ever since my grandparents moved to Brighton, they've been regulars at Blind Veterans UK's centre there.

"We're all so appreciative of what the charity has done for them; my grandfather has been able to keep up with his hobbies and play bowls, despite his sight loss. Blind Veterans UK has done so much for him and we wanted to do something in return."

Nick and Ceri, who are aiming to raise £1,000 for the charity, are being joined by two friends. Ceri says: "Nick and I have a family connection to the charity, but when our friends found out about Blind Veterans UK's work and our Kilimanjaro challenge, they signed up immediately!"

The group will be tackling the nearly 6,000-foot mountain in August. Nick, 25 and a personal trainer from Brighton, says that climbing Africa's tallest mountain will be a tough test of endurance: "The hardest bit will be the altitude; all of us are pretty fit, but that won't count for that much when we get up there.

"In fact, athletes tend to find Kilimanjaro particularly difficult, because they take it quickly and don't give themselves enough time to acclimatise to the change in air pressure. We're taking a longer route to avoid that and will hopefully be doing some walks on Snowden to prepare - although that won't begin to compare to Kilimanjaro!

"Everyone who climbs Kilimanjaro always says how amazing it is when you get up there - I can't wait to do it myself this summer!"

To support Nick and Ceri's Kilimanjaro challenge, please visit their just giving page. If you would like to find out more about Blind Veterans UK, please visit our website, or if you are interested in taking on Mt Kilimanjaro or another challenge, we have plenty of options available on our "fundraise for us" page.