Sheffield lecturer in charity climb

Chris Cutforth will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with four Sheffield Hallam students
Chris Cutforth will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with four Sheffield Hallam students

A lecturer will be swapping the seven hills of Sheffield for the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the British Red Cross.

Chris Cutforth, a senior lecturer in sport at Sheffield Hallam University, is preparing for his climb next month fulfilling a lifetime ambition.

His expedition will take 10 days and cover more than 90km, following the Machame route to the summit, passing through thick forest, moorland and scree on the way to the highest point known as Uhuru Peak.

He will complete his climb as part of Red Cross Week, which takes place from May 4 to 12.

Chris, of Fulwood, Sheffield, said: “I am climbing Kilimanjaro to challenge myself – I will be attempting to overcome barriers like altitude sickness and my own fitness in order to reach my goal. I will be raising money for my nominated charity, the British Red Cross, and fulfilling a lifetime ambition.”

Chris will also be taking four Sheffield Hallam University students with him as part of the IDEALS programme.

During their time in Tanzania, the students will be doing work placements as part of the programme, which is a joint partnership initiative between Sheffield Hallam University, UK Sport, International Inspiration Charity and the National Sports Council of Tanzania.

Emma Jackson, Charlie Yeardsley, Nathan Dewar and Kyle Anderson, who study sport development and sport coaching, will be spending seven weeks in Arusha, where they will be leading and coaching sports sessions and programmes with local agencies.

In their final week they will be coaching teams at the East Africa Cup, a youth sport, education and cultural event for boys and girls aged 11 to 16.

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