Fireman plans Kilimanjaro charity challenge in Tanzania

21st Sep 2012

Grateful dad Richard Lord will take time out from fighting fires in Nottingham to visit Tanzania and climb Africa's highest mountain in aid of a charity which helped his daughter.

The firefighter is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the Ear Foundation, which helped his daughter Phoebe, now seven, who was born profoundly deaf and had a cochlear implant at 15 months.

With a summit rising 19,340 feet above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is a popular tourist attraction for people enjoying trekking holidays and specialist tours in Tanzania and nearby Kenya.

Mr Lord, who is based at Stockhill Fire Station, will be joined on January's trek by Deborah Hall, director of the hearing research unit at Nottingham's National Institute for Health Research.

He said: "The work that the Ear Foundation does is so valuable in supporting deaf children and their families and providing education for professionals that work with children like Phoebe so that they can make the most out of this amazing technology."

Mrs Hall has previously walked in the Himalayas, popular with trekking holiday enthusiasts visiting Nepal, but her Tanzania challenge will see her 479 metres higher than she's been before. But she said it would be an exciting challenge, adding: "What better reason for taking on this enormous feat than to raise money for such a good cause?"

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