Appeal by mountain climb teen

James Dipper after his skydive
James Dipper after his skydive

A teenager from Eastwood is calling for people to help him in his fundraising efforts as he prepares to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.

James Dipper, 18, is drawing close to his target of raising £3,800 — £1,900 for the trip to Kilimanjaro and £1,900 for the British Heart Foundation but wants people to keep giving.

Inspired by his late grandad having suffered badly with his heart, the Eastwood Scout is only £200 off his initial target.

He has been taking part in various diferent activities to get ready for the climb.

He said: “I have been doing a lot of walking, climbing and biking to get ready.

“I have never done anything as big as this before.”

The talented teenager will be undertaking the big challenge in September this year.

As well as using donations to raise money for the heart charity, he has been working part time at his mum’s coffee shop, and Reuben Shaw’s Nursery in Moorgreen to secure the funds.

Other fundraisers have included a sponsored static line skydive from 4,000ft and a ‘cafe church’ at St Mary’s Church in Eastwood.

All of the service was organised by the youth group and a James offered special thanks to Rachel and Simon Robinson, two of the leaders, who played a big part.

James’ mum, Helen, told the Advertiser how proud she is of her son.

She added: “He is a teenage boy with his whole life in front of him and he has already fulfilled so many ambitions.

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

Upcoming fundraisers include a sponsored carwash at St Mary’s Church on Saturday (June 21) between 9am and 11.30am. It’s £5 for a carwash with a sausage cob or cake.

As well as being an Eastwood Scout leader, James is a qualified lifeguard and also a bell ringer at St Mary’s Church. Anyone wanting to donate can call 07772780977.