Cancer survivor climbs Kilimanjaro for children

Chris Pope, 19, of Pitstone, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.
Chris Pope, 19, of Pitstone, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.

A teenager who survived cancer has scaled a mountain to help other youngsters fighting the disease.

Chris Pope, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer when he was just eight years old, is now fighting fit and working as a lifeguard.

He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Children with Cancer UK and has so far raised £3,550.

The 19-year-old, of Crispin Field, Pitstone, said: “I have always wanted to help kids out since I had it and I always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro, which is handy.”

The keen footballer joined 28 other climbers, who were taking on the feat for a range of reasons and for a variety of causes.

“I met some amazing people. At one point everyone spoke about their charities and it got really emotional. It brought everyone closer,” said Chris.

“It was awesome.”

You can make a donation at www.virginmoneygiving.com/chrispope19