Ipswich: Nick scales Kilimanjaro for hospice

AS IF throwing himself out of a plane and cycling hundreds of miles isn’t enough, one man has decided to reach new heights – 5,985metres!

On Friday, Nick Jarrold, pictured, flew out to Tanzania to scale Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, in memory of his mum Gill Turrell, 55, who died after a battle with pancreatic cancer in 2006.

The 33-year-old is undertaking the six-day challenge, which began yesterday, in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice.

He said: “I chose St Elizabeth Hospice as one of my friends works in the fundraising department and I’ve seen how much hard work the staff put in.

“A few years ago they helped care for my mum when she was ill through their hospice at home service.

“The dedication and the joy that the workers got from being able to help people in their own homes was a godsend to my family at the time.”

Mr Jarrold, from Ipswich, has previously completed a skydive, cycled 100km through the night in London and last year completed a 100-mile cycle ride through Norfolk for charity. But this is his biggest challenge to date.

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He added: “The other challenges I’ve taken part in have all been very different and been both physical and mentally challenging, but this takes that to a completely different level.

“I’ve been training hard since the start of the year and maintaining my level of motivation through those cold winter mornings was difficult.

“There’s been a lot of work in the gym, some cycling and of course some walking.

“I’ve also had a lot of support from friends and family and have spoken to some people who have climbed Kili which has really helped to prepare.”

Mr Jarrold set a target of raising �1,000 and is just �40 away from his goal. Visit www.justgiving.com/nicksepicclimb to sponsor Mr Jarrold in his challenge.