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Mountain challenge.. all for the love of mum

PUBLISHED: 14:38 11 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:12 23 August 2010

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A 30-YEAR-OLD man whose mother has suffered from diabetes for more than two decades is aiming to raise £2,000 for charity. Lee Climpson, from Riverview Park, Gravesend, is due to take part in the gruelling climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in February next year

A 30-YEAR-OLD man whose mother has suffered from diabetes for more than two decades is aiming to raise £2,000 for charity.

Lee Climpson, from Riverview Park, Gravesend, is due to take part in the gruelling climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in February next year.

Donning his hiking boots and climbing 19,340 feet to the summit of Africa's highest mountain, he will hike for six days.

Mr Climpson, who works for a television and radio advertising production company in London, is now appealing to readers in north Kent to support his fundraising bid.

He said: "I've never even scaled a climbing wall before. I try to keep fit in general but that just means I go out for a run once every couple of weeks.

"Hiking to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro is a whole different ball-game. I must be mad!"

His mother Sharon was diagnosed with diabetes 21 years ago and he knows a number of close friends with the condition. More than 2 million people across the UK suffer with the illness.

Mr Climpson added: "When my mum was diagnosed with diabetes it was a very difficult and confusing time for us.

"We didn't know much about the condition and had no idea what sort of help or support was available. "Diabetes UK does so much for Diabetes sufferers, now it's time I did something for them.

""I've already had a great amount of support and I hope other people will sponsor me if they can. Even a few pounds will make a huge difference and mean Diabetes UK can continue their invaluable work supporting people and continuing the search for a cure."

l Lee is due to take part in the fundraiser on February 23. You can sponsor him by visiting his online fundraising page on www.justgiving.com/

leeclimpson.

You can pay by credit or debit card, and the money will go directly to Diabetes UK.

Where supporters are UK taxpayers, the charity will automatically receive 28 per cent extra in Gift Aid, which makes JustGiving the most efficient way of sponsoring him.

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