Uppingham Community College pupil’s mountain challenge

Uppingham Community College pupil Ellie Hemmings, 14, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in the summer holidays.
Uppingham Community College pupil Ellie Hemmings, 14, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in the summer holidays.
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INSTEAD of lounging around at home over the summer holidays, one 14-year-old Uppingham Community College pupil climbed to the highest peak in Africa for charity.

Ellen Hemmings from Great Easton joined her father Bryan and siblings Lyddy, 19, and Tom, 18, to complete the 19,341 ft climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in four days.

The quartet raised £300 for Help for Heroes because Bryan is a former serviceman, but the challenge was also personal and not just for a worthy cause.

Ellen said: “My dad had climbed Kilimanjaro a few years ago but didn’t complete it. He was determined to do it again and thought this time he would take us with him.

“It was amazing to get to the top and we’re really pleased that we did it but it was really challenging and hard work.”

Ellen had never climbed before so the entire experience was new to her.

The Year 10 pupil is now back at school and has started her GCSEs this year.

She said: “I did really enjoy it but I think next year I’ll go to the beach.”