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Consultant Sets His Sights High for Kilimanjaro Challenge

Hospital Consultant Gears Up For Kilimanjaro ChallengeA West Midlands Hospital Consultant is gearing up to climb Africa’s highest peak for charity.

Mr Raj Patel is tackling Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise money for the Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice – an organisation which is close to his heart.

The General Surgery expert is teaming up with a group of 14 who are aiming to reach the mountain’s summit during the week-long trip organised and co-ordinated by Action Challenge.

Mr Patel is a Consultant Surgeon in Laparoscopic and Colorectal surgery and is based at the private hospital in Halesowen.

He has been preparing for the trek by doing regular long distance walks to build up his fitness and stamina.

West Midlands Hospital is supporting the long serving consultant in his quest by donating £200 to St Mary’s Hospice and the total amount he has raised so far tops £1,800.

Mr Patel, of Harborne, said: “I’ve trekked across Tibet and I love walking and hiking in my spare time but this is going to be a completely different adventure.

“I’m the only doctor in the group which will include people from different professions and different countries and I can’t wait to get started.”

He has chosen to raise money for St Mary’s Hospice because of the excellent care provided to his mother some years ago.

Mount Kilimanjaro rises from 4,900 metres from its base to 5,895 metres ( 29,200 Feet) above sea level and is a major climbing destination.

Mr Patel added: “I’m extremely grateful to everyone who has made a donation so far and the amount as it stands has exceeded my expectations.

“It is going to be an exhausting trek but it’s one that I’m really looking forward to. I’m hoping some of the recent climbs I’ve done will stand me in good stead!”

Gloria Kerrigan, General Manager at West Midlands Hospital, said: “We would like to say good luck and send our best wishes as he takes on this amazing challenge to raise funds for an excellent cause.”

If you wish to donate please go to the Just giving site: Please note, any money donated goes directly to the charity.

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