An Attleborough student has set himself a steep challenge- to raise nearly £3,000 for charity by climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.

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Daniel Dean, 18, who is currently studying product design engineering at Loughborough University, has set himself a target of £2,850 for the Meningitis Research Foundation when he attempts to ascend Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free standing mountain, which stands at 5,895m, in September.

The former Attleborough High School pupil will be spending six days in Tanzania while he takes on the challenge, run by Student Adventures, which creates tailor made adventures for students.

Kibo, the snow capped peak, is one of the most recognisable sights in the world of adventure and it is a huge challenge for those who are prepared to tackle the landscape and the altitude to reach the summit.

Mr Dean said: “There was no one thing in particular that was the inspiration for this fund raiser, I just wanted to do it and it is a good charity to support.

The teenager, who will be completing the challenge with his friend Mackenzie Smith, 18, said he was really looking forward to the challenge.

He added: “This once-in-a-lifetime trip is a chance for me to really test myself to new levels, both mentally and physically.

“It’s an opportunity for me to make a real difference, raising as much money as possible for a fantastic charity that helps save thousands of lives each year. It’s an opportunity I just couldn’t miss.”

Susie Bailey, community fundraising officer at MRF, said “We are so grateful to Daniel for agreeing to climb Kilimanjaro in aid of MRF.

“Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases that can leave a baby, child or adult fighting for their life within hours of the first symptoms. As well as having the adventure of a lifetime they will be raising much-needed funds and awareness of this devastating disease.”

To sponsor Mr Dean, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DanielDean.

Anyone who would like further information on taking part in challenge events for MRF in 2014 should contact 01454 281814 or email susieb@meningitis.org.

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