A Trafford College Group tutor is in training to take on the challenge of his life as he attempts to climb Mt Kilimanjaro & Mt Meru in aid of Dementia UK.
Carpentry and Joinery Lecturer, Dave Morgan, is tackling the climb with his son, Tom Morgan and his friend, Jordan Tatton in April of next year.
The challenge will take place over a 16-day period and the team will attempt to summit both peaks at the start of the rainy season, which may mean lots of snow at altitude. Their main challenge will be the effects of ‘high altitude’ on the body due to the air being very thin, making physical effort much harder. The climbers hope to acclimatise by attempting Mt Meru first, which will take three days, and rest for two days before taking on the highest free standing mountain in the world, Mt Kilimanjaro.
The fundraisers have chosen the Lemosho Route (on the Western approach), which will take a further eight days. They will also be escorted by an armed ranger due to the risks of encountering dangerous wildlife.
Dave and his fellow voyagers are well underway with their training programme, which includes climbing peaks in Snowdonia, the Lakes, Yorkshire and the Peak District.
Dave commented, “Experiencing Kilimanjaro is something we see as a real privilege, providing memories that will last for a lifetime. However, it is the sad reality for those who suffer the devastating effects of Dementia, that this privilege of remembering life’s greatest memories is significantly diminished.
“Over 850,000 people currently live with variants of Dementia in the UK, meaning that countless more friends and family also share the distressing consequences. This unfortunately includes one of Jordan’s family members. We hope we can do our part in helping to facilitate the tremendous support network provided by Dementia UK through the money we raise.”
You can follow and support Dave’s mission by visiting his ‘just giving’ page at