Weymouth bar worker all set for Mount Kilimanjaro charity climb

BIG TREK:  Amy Ward is staging a charity event to support her Mount Kilimanjaro climb

BIG TREK: Amy Ward is staging a charity event to support her Mount Kilimanjaro climb

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BAR worker Amy Ward will switch from pulling pints to pulling on her walking shoes for a charity challenge.

Amy, who is studying stonemasonry at Weymouth College and also works part-time in a bar and in shops, will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in August, Africa’s highest peak at more than 19,000ft.

It’s in aid of Dig Deep, a charity committed to helping communities in East Africa improve their access to water, sanitation and renewable energy.

In an effort to raise as much as possible, Amy is staging a summer solstice-themed fundraiser at Boho bar in St Thomas Street, Weymouth, tomorrow night.

There will be a ‘hippy’ fancy dress theme, competitions and raffles – as well as music from DJ Matt ‘Jetpack’ Jones.

Participants in the Dig Deep challenge have to raise a certain amount, part of which includes air fares to Tanzania.

Amy says to ensure people don’t think they’re funding her ‘holiday,’ she has put a chunk of her own money towards the trip – so every penny she raises will go to charity.

Amy, who celebrates her 25th birthday today, said: “It came about through a discussion I had with a group of friends.

“I love walking and I fancied a challenge so I signed up for it.

“I’m fit and healthy and I’ve been doing a few big walks to get me ready. But I’m not sure how I will react to the altitude.”

She added: “I will spend a week climbing the mountain and coming back down and another week on safari and visiting a village in Tanzania where I will deliver a laptop.

“My friend runs a charity supporting a village so I will be helping there too.”

Amy, who moved to Weymouth from her native Manchester last year, is no stranger to charity work. She has staged various events and took part in the 2011 Great Manchester Run.

The fundraiser at Boho is designed as a bit of fun while helping to raise some cash.

There are some great raffle prizes up for grabs – including goodies donated from shops where Amy works, Bibi’s in Weymouth, and Cups and Cakes in Dorchester.

The event starts at 7pm and goes on until late.

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