The Only Way is Up…All 5895 Meters of it!
Red Nose Day 2019 is officially on the horizon. The peak is finally in sight after a hectic few months at Comic Relief working up some wonderful talent and fundraising ideas to drive this year’s campaign
And none come much bigger that than the project I have been leading on - Mount Kilimanjaro - Africa’s Highest Mountain.
A decade on ‘Kilimanjaro: The Big Red Nose Climb’ in 2009, I have been on a quest to find 9 new famous faces willing to give up their time and creature comforts to come together to conquer Kili and help Comic Relief transform lives in the UK and internationally.
The result is, ‘Kilimanjaro: The Return’ and our official confirmed line up:
Former MP Ed Balls
Love Island winner Dani Dyer
BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker
Pointless presenter Alexander Armstrong
Countryfile presenter Anita Rani
Strictly Head Judge Shirley Ballas
NFL sports pundit Osi Umenyiora
Since the end of last year, our celebrities have been undergoing medicals, briefing and training to get themselves in physically and mentally fit for the challenge that lies ahead of them. It’s a 8 day climb - 6 days up and 2 days down. Climbing and camping on the mountain. Dealing with extreme altitude.
Within the group, clear skill sets and roles are already beginning to form. I can’t wait to see how this all comes into forced during the climb. Overall though, there is enthusiasm, nerves but a stubborn determination to give this their best shot.
During the week of the climb, we will be broadcasting across social media feeds, newspapers and television as well filming a special one-hour documentary to air on BBC One in the run up to Red Nose Day on 15th March.
I’ll be joining the climbers myself - both a personal and professional challenge that I am well and truly up for. Alongside our group donation page, I will be raising my own money for Comic Relief so if you do want to sponsor and help motivate us to get to the top ⛰