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Suffolk man to face a seven-day hike up a volcano

PUBLISHED: 09:32 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:52 24 January 2018

Alan Wotton and 12 others aim to raise £100,000 for the charity. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Alan Wotton and 12 others aim to raise £100,000 for the charity. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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A Suffolk man is to leave the UK and face a seven-day hike up a volcano for charity.

Alan Wotton, who lives in Hessett, will start his trek up Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano on the Uganda-Kenya border, on Friday, January 26.

Mr Wotton, a chief commercial officer at the Oscar Mayer company, will be with 12 others on his mission to raise funds for the charity Farm Africa. The group will also visit Farm Africa projects to see first-hand how the money they raise will positively impact the lives of farming families in eastern Africa.

Alan Wotton said:“Climbing and trekking across Mount Elgon will be a unique opportunity to raise awareness about and money for Farm Africa. During the trek, I will be lucky enough to visit two Farm Africa projects. Both are innovative programmes that work with farmers to help them lift themselves out of poverty.

“The mud, the training and our tired legs will all be worth it when we get to see the incredible work that Farm Africa is carrying out, and we are raising money for.”

The 100-kilometre route, which has never been walked before, will take them through thick montane forest, into deep gorges and up the mountain’s four peaks and into Kenya.

The team aims to raise £100,000 for Farm Africa. You can sponsor them here.

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