From Spen to Africa - via India!

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Sweat, tears, hardship and a 9,000-mile round trip is not enough to put off a Kirklees student in her quest to conquer one of the world’s tallest mountains.

India Shaw, from Drub Lane, Cleckheaton, is preparing to set off on a journey to climb Tanzania’s mighty Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for charity.

She hopes to raise £2,850 for the Meningitis Research Foundation by completing the six-day trek and 6,000m climb this September.

India who is currently studying sport and exercise science at Loughborough said: “I really want to help raise awareness and aid the medical research of meningitis.

“I have heard the stories of people from babies to students being affected and as one of my closest friends survived meningitis as a child I really know the importance of raising awareness.”

Susie Bailey, community fundraising officer at MRF, said “We are so grateful to India for agreeing to climb Kilimanjaro in aid of MRF.

“Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases that can leave a baby, child or adult fighting for their life within hours of the first symptoms.

“As well as having the adventure of a lifetime they will be raising much-needed funds and awareness of this devastating disease.”

Anyone who would like further information on taking part in challenge events for MRF in 2014 should contact Susie Bailey on 01454 281814 or

To sponsor India you can visit her online fundraising page: