Colin aiming high to help kids’ charity

Colin Robb
Colin Robb

SUPERFIT Colin Robb offered to help out at work - and now faces climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Colin, of Uddingston, stepped in to assist when a colleague pulled out of the gruelling eight-day charity trek up Africa’s highest peak in September.

He’s training round the clock for the expedition, in aid of the Make a Wish Foundation, and is appealing for sponsorship.

Colin (32) said: “I need to raise £2,500 by the time I leave for London on September 22. Every penny counts towards making dreams come true for young people with life-threatening illnesses.”

The group of 30 employees from British Gas will arrive in Tanzania and start the ascent on September 24, reaching the near 6,000m summit five days later.

Colin, a manager with the firm, based in Uddingston, said: “I’ll climb Ben Nevis a few times beforehand. But I’m told that climbing Kilimanjaro too quickly is dangerous.

“The human body can’t cope with travelling heights of 2,000m in a day. You have to take your time, otherwise altitude sickness kicks in.

“We go through all conditions from savannah grassland at the bottom to snow and below zero at the summit.”

But Colin is no stranger to pushing himself to the limit. He signed on at the world’s toughest martial arts camp in Thailand during a round-the-world trip in December.

He added: “I’m hoping local people and businesses will rally round and support me. “

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