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Comic Relief Climbers Conquer Mount Kilimanjaro
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough as all Nine Celebrities have succeed in Doing Summit for Money!

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Comic Relief Climbers Conquer Mount Kilimanjaro

Mon Mar 9 13:26:03

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough as all Nine Celebrities have succeed in Doing Summit for Money!

All nine of Comic Relief’s celebrity climbers have reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.  Guided by the moon throughout the freezing night, they reached the summit at varying stages from 4am this morning led by Ben Shephard. In a staggered and agonising approach, all 8 climbers arrived within 40 minutes of each other, Ben, Fearne, Denise and Cheryl were first followed by Kimberley, Ronan and Gary and then Chris. The 9th climber, Alesha, had the toughest time and fell behind the group, having to stop to address severe muscle pain and the effects of altitude but determined not to let the group down she ploughed on at a snails pace arriving a gruelling 2 hours after the others collapsing in a heap at the top.   Biting winds and temperatures of -15 and the high altitude made their trek extreme and it wasn’t until they began descending that any of them had a chance to watch the sunrise over the continent at the highest peak in Africa.

 

In an incredibly display of pure grit and determination, the nine celebrities have defied all odds to reach the summit as a team.  Along the way they’ve overcome injury, vertigo and acute altitude sickness through their sheer resolve to raise as much money as possible for Comic Relief.

 

On reaching the summit the celebrities were overwhelmed as their achievement hit home.

 

Jeremy Gane from Charity Challenge who led the trek said “I have climbed the mountain 21 times and I have never met a more spirited, determined and humorous group who were determined to reach their goal from the outset. When the going got tough their camaraderie was unbelievable one picking the other up when a low point struck, willing each other to go on and achieve the most extraordinary feat. No-one should under estimate how gruelling this climb is. They have done this climb in the same way that any member of the public can do this climb and the scale of this undertaking is enormous which is why I think the public have been so generous”

 

The final push to the summit took a gruelling four hours for the fastest, trekking through steep rocky terrain in brutal gale force winds at sub zero temperatures.  Before setting off from camp the team loaded up on rice and potatoes to pack in as much energy as possible, but few were able to sleep in nervous anticipation of what was about to happen.

 

After spending a short while taking in the breathtaking views from the summit, the team will have plenty of time to reflect on their journey as they face a seemingly endless 12-15 hour descent which is certain to try their patience.  The celebrities will spend a final night under canvas at Millennium Camp before a five hour walk down through gentle Rainforest slopes the following day.

 

Earlier in the expedition Fearne and Cheryl both collapsed with exhaustion and altitude sickness and received anti sickness injections.

 

To keep on adding to the teams mountain of cash, go to www.rednoseday.com/sponsortheteam

 

The celebrity team’s incredible efforts will raise money to help change lives across Africa and the UK.  In particular the celebrities will be exploring how they can help tackle malaria, a disease which kills a child every 30 seconds across Africa.  In Tanzania, where Kilimanjaro is situated, malaria is the leading killer of children.

 

With money raised through this extraordinary event, Comic Relief will be able to provide mosquito nets in Africa that can help prevent potentially fatal bites that cause malaria, as well as helping extremely vulnerable, poor and disadvantaged people here in the UK. 

 

BT is covering the costs of The BT Red Nose Climb.  Five of the celebrity climbers have also taken over the BT Speaking Clock to help raise cash*.  When callers dial 123 they will be given an accurate time check by either Cheryl, Kimberley, Gary, Chris or Fearne.  Each has rebranded the pips with their own comical versions – ranging from raspberries, piano chords and blowing kisses.



Kilimanjaro Climbers on the Verge of Quitting

Wed Mar 4 17:12:06

Day four of The BT Red Nose Climb: The celebrities suffer altitude sickness and camp in a foggy, hailing hell

With the last reserves of energy draining from their legs and chests pounding Comic Relief’s Kilimanjaro climbers have all made it to camp on day four of The BT Red Nose Climb, at a whopping altitude of 4600m.

 

On what has been the most gruelling day on Mount Kilimanjaro so far, the team have spent the majority of today’s climb strung out over half a mile in cloud cover so thick that they can not see each other.  The African porters guided them into camp this evening by breaking into song, a moment so emotional it brought the celebrities to tears as they literally crawled into camp.

 

Ben said “That was the hardest and scariest day yet, there was every chance we could have lost a member of the team - yet it was the most exhilarating when everyone made it across the line.  The welcome we got from the porters was astounding - they literally sung us home”.

All of the celebrities are now experiencing extreme nausea as the brutal altitude continues to take its toll.  They walked hunched over with heads bowed, taking baby steps as the team made painfully slow progress.  The girls are suffering the most trailing the group for most of the day and were the last to arrive at camp this evening, all struggling for breath.

 

Denise explained “We are really depending on each other now; this was such a hard, hard day - a real slog.  We are literally sleeping under the summit tonight, we are so, so close now and we’ve got to stay strong”.

 

Cheryl added “The fun is over. This is unquestionably the hardest thing I have ever done”.

 

Despite his back problems Gary has taken to leading the celebrities, relying on his northern humour to keep the team going, but he too has been feeling extremely unwell and took a 30 minute rest when he became breathless.  Mirroring Gary’s determination but with every step excruciatingly painful Chris commented “I’m trudging here, counting steps to the top of the ridge.  I hope to God the camp is on the other side”.  A moment later he added “It wasn’t”.

 

In between gasps for ever thinning air the celebrities thoughts turned to comfort food as the team fantasised about eating roast dinners, burgers and sausage sarnies.  Earlier in the day they stopped for a sugary energy boost and wolfed down haribos, Percy pigs and chocolate éclairs to keep them going.

 
Tonight the group are camping under the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at a spot know as Lava Tower.  However worsening weather conditions are quickly turning what should be an awe-inspiring moment into a foggy, hailing hell. 

 

Altitude sickness permitting, tomorrow the celebrities are scheduled to undertake an eight hour slog.  It is hoped that because tomorrows trek spans out at a slightly lower altitude all the celebrities will be able to continue.

 

The celebrity team’s incredible efforts will raise money to help change lives across Africa and the UK.  In particular the celebrities will be exploring how they can help tackle malaria, a disease which kills a child every 30 seconds across Africa.  In Tanzania, where Kilimanjaro is situated, malaria is the leading killer of children.

 

With money raised through this extraordinary event, Comic Relief will be able to provide mosquito nets in Africa that can help prevent potentially fatal bites that cause malaria, as well as helping extremely vulnerable, poor and disadvantaged people here in the UK. 

 

BT is covering the costs of The BT Red Nose Climb.  Five of the celebrity climbers have also taken over the BT Speaking Clock to help raise cash*.  When callers dial 123 they will be given an accurate time check by either Cheryl, Kimberley, Gary, Chris or Fearne.  Each has rebranded the pips with their own comical versions – ranging from raspberries, piano chords and blowing kisses.



Altitude Nose No Bounds:

Tue Mar 3 17:02:01

The Extent of the Mount Kilimanjaro Feat Kicks In

Day three of The BT Red Nose Climb: The group witness the effects of altitude sickness on Ronan’s 32nd Birthday.

It was an emotional day for Comic Relief’s Mount Kilimanjaro climbers on The BT Red Nose Climb as word reached the team that a male climber from another group ahead of them on the mountain was suffering from acute altitude sickness.

The celebrities’ mood quickly turned from one of jubilant confidence to sombre reality when they witnessed the climber being stretchered down the mountain, as the enormity of what they have taken on really hit home for the Red Nose Climbers.

The celebrities were on their way back to camp after a successful acclimatisation trek up Mount Kilimanjaro’s treacherous Cathedral Ridge, a face of the mountain so steep that the climbers had to scramble with their hands and feet for the first time, when they heard the news and a Comic Relief doctor rushed on ahead to assist him.

The girls were all tearful as they stopped for the night at a barren camp at 3800 metres on their way to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

With the whole team feeling the affects, Cheryl described how she felt when she witnessed the climber being dramatically taken to a lower height.

"He looked scared, really frightened. It really shook me up, shook all of us up. You feel really strange at this altitude anyway, emotional and strange - then to see that really got to us. I started to wonder if I was suffering from it too - but I'm alright and we've got each other to help us get through and hopefully get all the way to the top."

Kimberley said: "This is hard, the walking is tough, but the altitude makes you feel so different. It was great to climb so high today but to see that man looking so panicked was horrible. I'm so glad we are all here to support one another, it would be impossible otherwise."

After witnessing such a dramatic event the celebrities are now keeping a close eye on each other for symptoms of altitude sickness among the team. The A-listers have experienced mild headaches and nausea so far with Fearne also suffering from occasional nose bleeds, however overall the group are coping with the altitude fantastically.

Gary Barlow was forced to wait behind during the optional acclimatisation walk due to his back pain which is still causing the group concern. Gary said "I woke up with bad back this morning. The rest of the guys did a big acclimatisation climb, but I gave my back a rest and went with a guide on my own for a lonely 4 hour trek. It was the right thing to do though - I'm feeling better tonight - big day tomorrow."

Chris Moyles overcame severe vertigo today to reach the dizzy heights of Mount Kilimanjaro’s terrifying Cathedral Ridge. While reflecting on his detox to prepare for the challenges of the climb he exclaimed "Never mind Gary's back, my liver is in danger of turning a normal colour!"

Earlier on in the day Comic Relief’s celebrity climbers surprised Ronan Keating on the morning of his 32nd birthday by rousing him from his tent with a birthday singsong, balloons and cards from his family and friends.

Later on Ronan was in for more birthday treats when the group set up camp in the clouds and presented him with a huge birthday cake. An embarrassed Ronan joked "Girls Aloud, Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon all these big mega stars singing Happy Birthday to me, it was really special, really great".

The celebrity team’s incredible efforts will raise money to help change lives across Africa and the UK. In particular the celebrities will be exploring how they can help tackle malaria, a disease which kills a child every 30 seconds across Africa. In Tanzania, where Kilimanjaro is situated, malaria is the leading killer of children.

With money raised through this extraordinary event, Comic Relief will be able to provide mosquito nets in Africa that can help prevent potentially fatal bites that cause malaria, as well as helping extremely vulnerable, poor and disadvantaged people here in the UK.

BT is covering the costs of The BT Red Nose Climb. Five of the celebrity climbers have also taken over the BT Speaking Clock to help raise cash*. When callers dial 123 they will be given an accurate time check by either Cheryl, Kimberley, Gary, Chris or Fearne. Each has rebranded the pips with their own comical versions ranging from raspberries, piano chords and blowing kisses.



Alesha Takes a Wee Tumble!

Mon Mar 2 16:16:10

Day two of the BT Red Nose Climb and the celebrities are struggling with the terrain

Alesha Dixon has become the first of Comic Relief’s celebrity climbers to take a tumble during their trek up Mount Kilimanjaro – whilst answering the call of nature!  Alesha disappeared behind some bushes where she slipped and rolled several metres down a steep ledge.  The rest of the group were assured she was ok when her distinctive laughter rang out from the bushes.

 
Denise Van Outen also tripped later in the day and snapped her climbing pole in half.

 Gary Barlow is still suffering with back pain, however his condition is improving the further he climbs as he back muscles loosen.  Also taking part in the BT Red Nose Climb are Ben Shephard, Cheryl Cole, Chris Moyles, Denise Fearne Cotton, Kimberley Walsh and Ronan Keating.

 
The group walked for seven hours during the second day of the BT Red Nose Climb, moving out of the lush rainforest into an open heath terrain. The A-listers set up camp for the evening in a volcanic crate where they took in breathtaking views of the summit.

 
Although the climb has been tough going so far the group are being spurred on by the overwhelming support of the Great British public who have donated over £580,000.   Bono pledged to give the team £1 for every metre they climb on the Radio One Breakfast Show, which will amount to approximately £6000.  To help the team raise a mountain of cash, sponsor them now at www.rednoseday.com/sponsortheteam

 
Mount Kilimanjaro stands at a whopping 19,340 feet above sea level; is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.  It will take the celebrity climbers an exhausting 8-day trek to reach the summit.

 
Each gruelling moment will be captured for a documentary, recording every bump, slip and trip from the base camp to the summit.  The documentary will be broadcast during the week leading up to Red Nose Day.

 
The celebrity team’s incredible efforts will raise money to help change lives across Africa and the UK.  In particular the celebrities will be exploring how they can help tackle malaria, a disease which kills a child every 30 seconds across Africa.  In Tanzania, where Kilimanjaro is situated, malaria is the leading killer of children.

 
With money raised through this extraordinary event, Comic Relief will be able to provide mosquito nets in Africa that can help prevent potentially fatal bites that cause malaria, as well as helping extremely vulnerable, poor and disadvantaged people here in the UK. 

 
BT is covering the costs of The BT Red Nose Climb.  Five of the celebrity climbers have also taken over the BT Speaking Clock to help raise cash*.  When callers dial 123 they will be given an accurate time check by either Cheryl, Kimberley, Gary, Chris or Fearne.  Each has rebranded the pips with their own comical versions – ranging from raspberries, piano chords and blowing kisses.



NEW VOICES ON THE BT SPEAKING CLOCK

Mon Feb 2 22:35:18

Celebrities give the time of day to Comic Relief

BT today announced that the Speaking Clock will help fundraise for Comic Relief by using different celebrity voices between February 3 to March 23, 2009. Five of the Red Nose Day celebrities that are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro will share the time-keeping duties over the next two months.

The fun starts at 08.00 on Tuesday 3 February. When callers dial 123 they will be given an accurate time check by celebrities, including: Girls Aloud’s Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh, fellow popstar, Gary Barlow and presenters, Chris Moyles and Fearne Cotton.

Each celebrity will replace the ‘pips’ with their own special Comic Relief sound, ranging from kisses, raspberries and piano chords in a bid to Do Something Funny for Money. And as if that wasn’t enough, there’ll be a special guest voice featuring in the run up to Red Nose Day on Friday 13 March but you’ll have to dial 123 to find out who it is.

One of the ways that BT is aiming to raise more than £300,000 for Comic Relief is by donating 10 pence per call* from a BT fixed line in the UK that the BT Speaking Clock receives during this fundraising period. The only other previous Comic Relief voice on the Speaking Clock was Lenny Henry back in 2003, which helped to raise around £200,000.

Gary Barlow, said: “BT is helping to make a massive difference to the lives of thousands of people across the UK and Africa. Call the BT Speaking Clock from a BT fixed line in the UK before March 23 and guess which famous voice will answer your call, it could even be me!”

John Petter, consumer managing director, BT Retail, said: “We‘re delighted to support The BT Red Nose Climb with the BT Speaking Clock, which will help raise funds, as well as help vulnerable and disadvantaged people at home in the UK and in Africa. This builds on the vital support BT gives to Comic Relief’s telethons. The more people that dial 123, the more money Comic Relief will make. And we hope each of the celebrities will make callers smile, as well as giving an accurate time check.”

BT’s support of Red Nose Day will be raising funds via a number of high profile activities, including sponsorship of the BT Red Nose Climb, a celebrity expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. BT will also be raising money with cause-related marketing initiatives in different business units such as BT Vision, BT Total Broadband, BT Business and the BT Shop, as well as a major employee fundraising programme.

To find out more about how you can help BT raise money for Comic Relief visit www.bt.com/comicrelief. There is also the opportunity to win flights to Tanzania to meet the celebrities before they start their ascent up Mount Kilimanjaro, as part of the BT Red Nose Climb.

BT has supported Comic Relief since 1985 providing telephony, call centres, network management and thousands of volunteer hours, enabling the charity to take millions of pounds in pledges on Red Nose Day. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to call the BT donation line on the night. BT’s eDonate system will provide a secure online back-up for Comic Relief’s website.


* If you call the speaking clock from a BT fixed line in the UK between the 2nd February and the 23rd March you will be helping BT to raise funds to support Comic Relief. BT will donate 10p to Comic Relief for every call made from a BT fixed line in the UK to the speaking clock during this period. Calls cost 30p from BT Residential lines. Mobile and other providers’ costs may vary. Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England & Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).



The BT Red Nose Climb: Celebrities Do Summit Funny for Money

Mon Feb 2 22:29:57

A whole host of celebrities will be doing Summit Funny for Money when they embark on a colossal climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, supported by BT, in the run up to Red Nose Day on Friday 13 March.

The BT Red Nose Climb will see Alesha Dixon, Ben Shephard, Cheryl Cole, Chris Moyles, Denise Van Outen, Fearne Cotton, Gary Barlow, Kimberley Walsh and Ronan Keating undertake the climb of a lifetime to raise as much cash as possible for Comic Relief.

To help the team raise a mountain of cash, sponsor them now at www.rednoseday.com/sponsortheteam

Mount Kilimanjaro stands at a whopping 19,340 feet above sea level; is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It will take the celebrity climbers an exhausting 8-day trek to reach the summit.

Each gruelling moment will be captured for a documentary, recording every bump, slip and trip from the base camp to the summit. The documentary will be broadcast during the week leading up to Red Nose Day.

The celebrity team’s incredible efforts will raise money to help change lives across Africa and the UK. In particular the celebrities will be exploring how they can help tackle malaria, a disease which kills a child every 30 seconds across Africa. In Tanzania, where Kilimanjaro is situated, malaria is the leading killer of children.

With money raised through this extraordinary event and the help of BT, Comic Relief will be able to provide mosquito nets that can prevent potentially fatal bites that cause malaria, as well as helping extremely vulnerable, poor and disadvantaged people here in the UK. A small amount of cash can make a huge difference so sponsor the team at www.rednoseday.com/sponsortheteam


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