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Scots trainer embarks on charity mountaineering mission

A SCOTS trainer is about to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to boost cash for charities Who Cares? Scotland and Mary’s Meals.

Having already raised £5,000 for the 2 charities, Andrea Paterson needed to do one thing that will profit others, whereas pushing her out of her consolation zone.

She set herself the problem of scaling Africa’s highest mountain this month, which is predicted to take six days, while elevating cash for 2 charities near her coronary heart.

Andrea’s two chosen charities help each care-experienced individuals in Scotland, and kids in a few of the world’s poorest nations.

The Kircaldy primarily based trainer is scaling Mt Kilimanjaro to boost funds for youngsters within the poorest components of the world.

Mary’s Meals serves nutritious faculty meals to hungry youngsters in 18 of the world’s poorest nations, together with Ethiopia, Syria and South Sudan.

The promise of a superb meal attracts these youngsters into the classroom the place they will achieve an training and hope for the longer term.

Andrea selected Who Cares? Scotland as her second charity after lately finishing a secondment position with The Studying with Care Staff inside Fife Council.

The charity helps the training of care-experienced younger individuals who have disengaged from training.

Andrea had heard from colleagues concerning the constructive influence Who Cares? Scotland advocacy has had on the younger individuals they work with.

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s solely nationwide unbiased membership organisation for care-experienced individuals.

The time period “care-experienced” refers to anybody who’s at the moment in care or has been for any size of time no matter their age.

Who Cares? Scotland helps care-experienced individuals to know and combat for his or her rights by means of unbiased advocacy and gives connection alternatives by means of native and nationwide participation actions and occasions.

A self-confessed “reluctant hillwalker”’,”, Andrea has been coaching for her climb by scaling Munros and different hills forward of her journey to Tanzania on 6 July.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the biggest free standing mountain on the planet and is predicted to take six days, consisting of a gruelling seven to eight hours of climbing, to summit.

Talking on her fundraising efforts Andrea stated: “I began off with a aim of £1,000 for every charity however others’ generosity noticed that increase to £2,000 and now I’ve managed to boost a complete of £5,000. I’m extraordinarily grateful to everybody for his or her contribution.”

Andrea has given particular due to the Kitchin Group, restaurant homeowners in her space, who regardless of solely being requested for a voucher, made Who Cares? Scotland their charity of the month.

They’re pledging a portion of all gross sales in help of Andrea’s climb, leading to a donation of £1,261.

Louise Hunter, Chief Government at Who Cares? Scotland stated: “We’re extraordinarily impressed and grateful to Andrea for her dedication and braveness in taking up this staggering problem in help of Who Cares? Scotland.

“Her efforts will assist us to supply extra alternatives for Care Skilled individuals to entry help, and to come back collectively for connection, friendship and to really feel a way of belonging.”

“We’d additionally prefer to thank the Kitchin group for his or her generosity. We’re glad our work has resonated strongly sufficient to immediate such a sort gesture.”

Morven Macgillivray, supporter engagement supervisor at Mary’s Meals, went on to say: “We’re so grateful to Andrea for taking up such an unimaginable problem to assist feed hungry youngsters world wide.”

“Due to kind-hearted supporters like Andrea, who give their time, expertise and donations to help our work, we’re in a position to present the promise of a superb meal at school so youngsters can be taught their method to a brighter future.”