Lancashire Dentist Heads to Dizzy Heights to Raise Money for Charity
A dentist from Lancashire is set to scale the highest mountain in Africa to raise money for charity.
Jatin Gupta, from Instore Dental, which is located in Sainsbury’s supermarket on Trinity Street in Bolton, will begin a 6 day trek to climb Mount Kilimanjaro today. Mr Gupta is set to raise £2,000 for the National Society for Phenylketonuria (PKU).
Mr Gupta said that he had struggled to choose a charity when he decided to do the trek, however, after speaking to a colleague, Dr Lance Knight, whose son has PKU; he made the decision to support the PKU charity. He added that public awareness of the disease, which is a rare inherited disorder that prevents the body from absorbing protein properly, was low and he wanted to raise the profile of the charity and encourage others to support the worthwhile cause.
Mr Gupta has been preparing for the challenge by climbing Ben Nevis, Mount Snowdon and Scafell Pike and has been told that altitude sickness will be his biggest challenge. Mr Gupta said that he is viewing the trek as a personal challenge and hoping that he can reach the summit and raise the target sum of £2000 for the NSPKU.
The trek starts today and Mr Gupta should reach the top of Kilimanjaro by Monday and the group will return to base camp on Tuesday.
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