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I came across SAFE@LAST (a charity that works with vulnerable young people) during a time when I was suffering with issues of my own. Despite challenges throughout my life, of which we have all no doubt struggled at some point, I felt my life could have turned out differently if it wasn’t for the support of my Mum, Brothers and my Granddad. Having faced many challenges growing up, as well as feeling alone, I have come to recognise the need for support for young people from an early age. As an adult in my 30’s I am now ready to commit to making a difference to the young people of today.SAFE@LAST is a charity that has 25 staff members and many volunteers. They provide a 24 hour Helpline, a Missing Young People’s service, a Preventative education programme and Family Support.Since 2005 SAFE@LAST has worked with thousands of young people and made a difference to the lives of the great majority of them. They are seeing great results from their work, and as a result their staff and volunteers are receiving awards for their contribution to Social Care in South Yorkshire and being consulted for their expertise and knowledge in this area.I am taking part in this challenge for 2 reasons: 1) To raise awareness on behalf of vulnerable young people that are suffering through many complex issues including neglect, physical abuse, self harming, conflict and violence at home, sexual exploitation, mental health problems and many more.2) The other reason is to gain a sense of achievement for myself as recently I was severely suffering from issues of my own where I wouldn’t even want to leave my house or at some points my own bed.About the ChallengeAt a colossal 5,895m, Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the largest volcanoes to ever break through the Earth’s crust. The challenge is to clamber above the sea of clouds to its summit. We begin in the lush rainforests of the Lemosho Glades, climbing towards the Shira Plateau – is the perfect spot to acclimatise. From here I will see my goal: the ice-capped peak of Kibo. I will follow the impressive Southern Flank, Barranco Wall and Barafu Route to the summit. For reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro – with its 1,000m ascent and 2,000m descent – is not to be underestimated. This is one of the toughest but most exhilarating adventures I will ever embark on.
Jason's Kilimanjaro Summit Climb - Lemosho Route page
Climbing to the summit of mount kilimanjaro for SAFE@LAST because young vulnerable people need our support.
We support children who run away from home to keep them safe
Charity Registration No. 1098980