This September, Marcus Kilpatrick from Norwich will climb Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Christian Aid.
Marcus Kilpatrick has faced tough challenges in his life. A former soldier, Marcus ended up homeless on the streets of London after serving in the Royal Mechanical Engineers for over 12 years, including tours in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. His story featured in a national newspaper and a kind stranger offered him a room. Eventually, he got a job and found his dignity again.
Returning to Norwich, he married and became a Christian, and now attends Norwich Central Baptist Church. Because his life is so much better, he is determined to give something back. He has chosen a big challenge to do so – and will be supporting Christian Aid.
Marcus says: 'I want to help those who have so little in our world. I am going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
'At 15,100 feet high, it will be a real challenge. If you want to join in and make a difference to those who have so little, then please do sponsor me, I’d be happy to talk at your church too.'
Marcus is hoping to raise £10,000 with his climb in September. He is already well on his way, and by July, had already raised over £3,400.