A former Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy student is set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.

Ellie Wild will be raising money for Childreach International, which provides access to education and healthcare to children by empowering local communities.

The 20-year-old, of Derby, is studying Business at the University of Hull and signed up for the climb after attending an information evening.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and rises 19, 341ft above sea level.

Ellie said she was prepared for the challenge which she will take on with her friend Sophia Phelps, 21, of Coventry.

She needs to raise a total of £2,695; she has already raised £465 and needs to raise £800 by April.

She said: “The climb should take six days; four and a half days up and one and a half days down. I’ve never done anything like this before. I do go to the gym but will have to up my training to help with endurance and stamina

“I’m very excited and it all feels a bit surreal. We’ve been told that there will be three different parts; the rainforest at the bottom, the volcano and then as you go higher up it’s freezing.”

Kevin Gritton, head teacher, said everyone would be supporting Ellie.

He said: “We are happy to be supporting Ellie who left us a couple of years ago and we were planning a non-uniform day at the end of the spring term. We wish Ellie the best of luck in her climb for what is a very worthwhile cause.”

Ellie will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on August 24th 2016.

Ellie’s fund-raising page can be found at: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/eleanorwild2

Eleanor Wild