Fundraising pair geared up for Kilimanjaro climb

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TWO keen hikers from Sheffield are training hard for the challenge of a lifetime.

Social worker Kristie Morris, aged 26, and nurse Sarah McNeill, 36, are planning to scale Africa’s tallest peak Kilimanjaro in August.

Kristie, from Nether Edge, and Sarah, from Halfway, are aiming to raise £5,000 for Practical Action - a charity which uses technology to beat poverty around the world.

The pair, who both work for the NHS Community Intermediate Care Service, have been fundraising for nearly six months.

Kristie said they had taken part in a variety of events to raise cash, including a Christmas treasure hunt.

She said: “We have concentrated mainly on outdoor and fitness events.

“We have run bake sales and raffles, a week long zumba challenge, a Moulin Rouge-themed street collection and a children’s Christmas treasure hunt around Graves Park.”

Their largest fundraiser takes place this Saturday - a glamorous black and white ball at the Copthorne Hotel on Bramall Lane.

Throughout it all the pair have been training hard to ensure they reach the summit of the 5,895-metre peak in Tanzania.

“We’re doing about 22 hours a week of training, working round our shifts,” said Kristie.

“We’re cycling, running, spinning, climbing and doing lots of hiking. We are out in the Peaks quite a lot, in Edale particularly at the moment.

“We’ve raised more than £2,000 but we are looking to raise £5,000.”

n To donate to Practical Action and help Kristie and Sarah hit their £5,000 target, log on to www.justgiving.com/killitrekmadness