Drew reaches new heights

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A University of Manchester lecturer from Hebden Bridge is aiming to reach new heights as he embarks on an epic adventure to climb Kilimanjaro - the highest mountain in Africa.

Drew Whitworth hopes to raise £1,500 from the challenge, which he will donate to Calder Valley Search and Rescue to go towards replacing one of their ageing vehicles.

The new vehicle will cost in the region of £40,000 to purchase and will be specially modified for mountain rescue service.

For many years, Drew has enjoyed trekking around the local moorland whilst most of his spare time is spent in the Lake District ticking off all 330 Wainwright fells and outlying fells - a project which he has nearly completed.

His latest challenge starts on July 28 and he aims to reach the summit on August 2. Drew said: “Having spent a considerable amount of time walking in remote places, I’m well aware that being prepared with the right skills and suitable equipment is key to remaining safe. That said, if I needed urgent medical assistance whilst out and about, it’s reassuring to know that teams like Calder Valley Search and Rescue are there to help.”

In addition to the African mountain challenge, Drew’s local pub The Railway is holding a welcome home fundraising day on Sunday, August 9 with various fun activities and a raffle to help raise more funds for Calder Valley Search and Rescue.

Chairman Pete Farnell said: “It was great to meet Drew recently when he visited the Team HQ in Mytholmroyd to tell us all about his Kilimanjaro adventure and which was also a chance for him to learn more about the voluntary service we provide to the community.”

“We exist with thanks to the support and kind donations from the community, local businesses and generous individuals like Drew who take on challenges such as this. The team are extremely grateful and wish him well with the trek and fundraising day at The Railway pub.”