Teenager to climb Mt Kilimanjaro

A teenager is to follow in his father’s footsteps and scale the highest mountain in Africa to raise funds for Diabetes UK.

Jos Reeves, from Redhill in Surrey, will tackle the 5,895 meter climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

The climb will see him trekking through farmland, rainforest and remote wilderness to reach the snow covered peak above the clouds. His father climbed the same mountain in 2005.

Jos, 15, will spend seven days trekking for up to 11 hours a day in temperatures below freezing point. The ascent concludes with a trek beginning at midnight and taking place throughout the dawn.

Jos who is now sitting his GCSEs, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was nine. He has been walking and running to train for the challenge and uses an insulin pump to control his blood sugar levels.

He said: “I see it as a perfect opportunity to prove that my condition can’t stop me doing what I want and to raise money for research into diabetes.”

Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK regional manager for the South East, said: “Climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the toughest fund raising challenges we offer at Diabetes UK. It truly is a once in a lifetime achievement, and we are really grateful for Jos’ effort because the money raised will help us to make life better for the 3.7 million people in the UK with diabetes and the 7 million people at high risk.”

Jos sets off for his Kilimanjaro challenge on July 1.

To sponsor Jos visit http://www.justgiving.com/Jos-Reeves-Kili.