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The Kilimanjaro Challenge

The group of climbers have come together in a mission to raise £100,000 and make a major contribution to the latest phase of the rejuvenation of Holy Trinity, England's largest parish church.

They will tackle the ascent of the world's fourth highest mountain, climbing 20,000ft (5,895m) to the top of the snow-capped Tanzanian peak during a ten-day expedition next month.

The "Team Kili" challenge is the latest fundraising drive as part of a £4.5m development project which is putting Holy Trinity at the centre of Hull's exciting regeneration.

The Holy Trinity climbing team comprises of: Andy Allenby, managing director of property developer Allenby Commercial; Wayne Ede, managing director of property maintenance company Westlinks; Dave Garness, managing director of commercial property agent Garness Jones; Jonathan Leafe, managing director of creative marketing agency Strawberry; Nic Marshall, chief executive of outsourced communications specialist ResQ Outsource Solutions; Neil Riseham, divisional director for estates and facilities at safety equipment and workwear company Arco; Nick Ward, managing director of consulting engineers and construction consultants, Alan Wood & Partners, project managers for the Holy Trinity development project.

The business leaders are being joined by Holy Trinity's director of development, Brian Gilliland, and former Hull Kingston Rovers player Iain Morrison, who now runs a fitness training company "This Is Warrior" and is overseeing a schedule to prepare the climbers for the ordeal.

Mr Garness said: "The local business community recognises the very special part Holy Trinity has always played in the life of our city and the exciting potential the church now has to be at the heart of Hull's regeneration.

"This challenge enables us to show our backing for the transformation of Holy Trinity and raise a significant sum to help to deliver it. We're all urging our business contacts and networks to take this opportunity to pledge their financial support for Holy Trinity and inspire us every step of the way to the summit of Kilimanjaro."

Mr Ward said: "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to combine a significant physical and mental challenge with supporting a tremendous local cause. At Alan Wood & Partners we are project-managing the Holy Trinity development, so I know exactly what a difference it will make to Hull."

All the climbers are paying the costs of their participation in the expedition in full to ensure 100 per cent of sponsorship and donations goes to the development project.

As well as individual donors being encouraged to support team members, Holy Trinity is appealing to local businesses to support the Kilimanjaro challenge by donating £500 to join the Team Kili "Base Camp", giving £1,000 as a member of the "Climbers Club" or making a generous gift of £5,000 to be a "Summit Club" sponsor. Holy Trinity's £4.5m development project will enable the 700-year-old church to replace outdated and inadequate facilities, become accessible to the whole community and host a wider range of cultural and social events.

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