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Scaling the heights for charity

Worcester Editorial 16th Jan, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A CITY school has helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity after a former student scaled one of the world’s most daunting mountains.

Matt Watts, who is now studying Politics at Loughborough University, returned to Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College last month where he was presented with a cheque of £1,145 from Year Ten pupils.

The school’s fund-raising efforts come after the 21-year-old was part of a 30-strong team to climb Mount Kilimanjaro which he has described as one of the toughest experiences of his life. But he was also delighted to help raise £80,000 for the Meningitis Research UK.

“It was tough, but it was really rewarding as well,” he said. “The physical challenge was definitely more than I expected.

“It was weird  because I only remember being at the top for about 30 seconds due to a lack of Oxygen to the brain when we were up there for about 20 minutes.

“Lots of other people who weren’t suffering with the altitude as much as me were quite emotional, but it only hit me when I got down to the bottom.”

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