Talented teenager climbs Kilimanjaro

A multi-talented teen is aiming to scale the dizzy heights of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Eastwood Scout James Dipper will be taking on the biggest challenge of his life next September – but in the meantime has to raise £3,800, half of which will go to the charity.

A jack of all trades, and master of most, James who is currently studying Horticulture at Broomfield College, Morley, was previously a product of Greasley Beauvale School.

The determined 17-year-old is leaving no stone unturned in his bid to secure the necessary funds, and part-time jobs at Reuben Shaw’s Nursery in Moorgreen and at his mother Helen’s coffee shop business in Nottingham are helping to boost his fund-raising efforts.

He is a highly valued volunteer at the British Heart Foundation shop in Ilkeston, carries out bellringing duties at St Mary’s Church in Eastwood, is a qualified lifeguard, brown belt at kickboxing, and a young leader with 3rd Eastwood Scouts.

Just for good measure James is on course to complete a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at Rolls Royce in Hucknall.

As part of his fund-raising efforts James will be taking part in a sponsored swim at West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton, in September.

James said he was ‘really excited’ about the seven-day trek through farmland and rainforests, barren landscapes and finally the snow-capped twin summits of Kilimanjaro – the highest point in Africa.

Mum Helen said “I am so proud of him. He is a teenage boy with his whole life in front of him and already he has fulfilled so many ambitions.

“There are not enough hours in a day and he is a shining example to everyone around him.”

Give James’s funds a boost by calling him on 07772 780977.