Super Supporter Climbs Kilimanjaro For Our Services For Children And Young People

At 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is one of the largest volcanoes to ever break through the Earth's crust, and Rich Welsh - Development Coach at LifeSearch - is all set to rise to the challenge and take on this massive mountain in aid of Leeds Mencap.

This Saturday on the 10th June, long-time supporter Rich Welsh will experience the beautiful Rongai route in Eastern Africa, ascending through a variety of rustic farmland and lush forest, spotting all sorts of wildlife as he goes. At night the temperatures will drop to below freezing, and it's on one such night that he will rally under the stars for a shot at the summit after climbing at altitude for a number of days.

Rich is accustomed to amazing challenges and has supported us in an incredible way before by taking on the Sahara Desert Trek in March 2015, raising a fabulous £4,560 for Leeds Mencap. This latest challenge however, has seen him up his game tremendously in terms of fitness. He has taken part in 3 half marathons, 2 cycle sportives and has run the Liverpool Marathon to be at his physical peak.

He has said this of why he supports Leeds Mencap;

“I ran my first half marathon for Leeds Mencap back in 2014 after witnessing the level of care involved in caring for a person with a learning disability - I wanted to support them. After this, I learned more about the amazing work Leeds Mencap do in the area to support young people with learning disabilities and their families."

"From there, I decided that I wanted to do what I could to support this great charity and taking on another, much bigger, fundraising challenge was my way of doing that.”

Good luck from everyone here at Leeds Mencap Mr Welsh! We are immensely grateful for all that you do for us and are full of admiration for your passion and dedication - you are a super star!

We would absolutely love it if you could sponsor Rich Welsh and his Kilimanjaro challenge for Leeds Mencap, to show your support please click on his fundraising page;

If you would like to take on a challenge please see the list of events you can take part in on the Get Involved section of our site. If nothing takes your fancy, why not organise something yourself? Contact us and we will be happy to help you organise your own event.

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