Bradford Royal Infirmary consultant Mathew Mathai to climb Mount Kilimanjaro (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford Royal Infirmary consultant Mathew Mathai to climb Mount Kilimanjaro
9:00am Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
A consultant paediatrician will scale the dizzy heights of Mount Kilimanjaro to support the Bradford Hospitals Children’s Charity.
Mathew Mathai will spend five days climbing the mountain in Tanzania and a day descending it, despite never having done any mountaineering.
Mr Mathai, a father-of-three who works at Bradford Royal Infirmary, only discovered the joy of walking recently while hiking in the Lake District with his family.
He said: “I’m aiming to complete the trek in six days and I would love as many people around the hospital to sponsor me as possible, as Bradford Hospitals Children’s Charity is a fantastic cause.”
Mr Mathai’s adventure starts on Wednesday, August 28.
He said an Army friend wanted to trek Kilimanjaro before he reaches 50 in two years.
“Then I was 40 and thought, ‘That’s a good challenge’, so we got talking, a plan was hatched and I recruited three other people. There’s a band of five merry men going up.
“All of us are novices, that’s one of the exciting things. But you don’t need to be a mountaineer to do it, or particularly fit. It’s more of an issue of altitude, it’s that that causes the majority of problems,” said Mr Mathai.
Despite that, the medic is keeping his training low key.
“I am just running 5k once a week – nothing too intensive. I’m saving it all for Kilimanjaro,” he said.
Fellow consultant Beccy Bardgett, who has spearheaded the charity, praised Mr Mathai’s efforts.
She said: “Mathew has always been an inspirational figure and even more so now that he has taken on this amazing personal challenge.
“We wish him well and remind him that as the altitude and exhaustion sap his energy, every painful step will help him to raise money to benefit the babies and children of Bradford.”
Mr Mathai has already beaten his £500 fundraising target, but is still keen for support.
Sponsor him at justgiving.com/Mathew-Mathai.
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