A Burnham-On-Sea fundraiser is in training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for a charity which helps children in poverty around the world.

Sophie Patten will be in a team of 30 people scaling the 19340 ft height of the tallest peak in Africa.

Talking to Burnham-On-Sea.com, she said: “I have never done a challenge like this before, but I am taking part to raise money for Compassion UK who sponsor children in poverty around the world.”

“I have been sponsoring a little girl through the charity for nearly three years and have seen the impact which the charity has had on her life.”

“Seeing the work they do in some of the world’s poorest communities is a real motivator for me. As my sponsored child lives in Tanzania, I am hoping I will get chance to meet her after the trek.”

She adds: “The trek is in February 2020, but I have been doing some walking around The Mendips already. I am planning hiking trips to Snowdon and the Brecon Beacons with the other members of the team soon.”
“There are around 30 of us who are completing Kilimanjaro as a team, and I’m very excited to meet them all.”
She will be running Bristol Half Marathon on Sunday 15th September to raise funds and she is holding a quiz night at The White Horse Inn in Mark on Saturday 19th October. If anyone would like tickets to the quiz, please get in contact.

Her fundraising page is at https://challenges.compassionuk.org/profile/3714/sophie-patten