Reedham woman’s Kilimanjaro climb for Childreach International

A REEDHAM woman will be scaling new heights when she takes part in her first fundraiser - and she’s gone to the top!

Ellen Thompson, 29, of The Hills, will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and is aiming to raise �2,500 for the charity Childreach International, which helps with children’s rights, education and health in developing countries.

But before her July expedition, when she will visit some of the charity’s projects, she hopes to raise �1,000 of the �2,500 from a Barn Dance at Reedham Village Hall on March 19, starting at 7pm.

She said: “I think it is a good charity to do and one of the things that appealed to me is that you visit the project to see where the money goes, you are visiting the project at the same time.”

The chartered accountant, who works for Lees Chartered Accountants in Norwich, will be taking part in the climb with her old school friend Jamie Manners, 29, from her time at Norwich School.

To prepare for her adventure, Ellen has been on walks in the Peak District so she can improve her fitness and stamina levels so she can cope with the 19,341ft climb.

Kilimanjaro, the world’s largest free standing mountain, has become increasingly popular with fundraisers since a Comic Relief team of celebrities, including Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh and Gary Barlow scaled the mountain in March 2009.

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Ms Thompson will pay for the climb herself, with all the money from the fundraisers going to the Childreach International

To sponsor Ellen, visit Get tickets for the Barn Dance by e-mailing or calling 01493 701180.