Longridge student to climb Africa’s highest mountain

Cat Perrin-Griffiths whose next challlenge is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, for a children's charity.
Cat Perrin-Griffiths whose next challlenge is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, for a children's charity.

A university student from Longridge who is no stanger to helping young people is all set for her latest venture - climbing Africa’s highest mountain in aid of a global children’s rights charity.

Former St Cecilia’s and Newman College student, Cat Perrin-Griffiths, 19, who is studying German and Spanish at Hull University, says climbing Kilimanjaro will be her “biggest challenge yet.”

Cat is embarking on the trip with a 20-plus strong team from Hull University in aid of Childreach International.

She said: “During the trip I will trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro via the Machame route as well as working with Tanzanian children to see first-hand how the work of Childreach can help people.

“This 16-day trip will push me physically and mentally but I’m positive it will also fuel my ambition to challenge myself further.”

Last year Cat was presented with the ‘Beyond Barriers’ award at Lancashire County Council’s ‘Celebrate Youth’ event, for her work as a volunteer and mentor at Longridge Youth and Commnunity Centre leader.

Cat had joined the club at 14 and and went onto become a volunteer, caring for younger members as well as becoming a student mentor at Newman.

It was with support and help while at St Cecilia’s, after the tragic death of fellow pupil Josh Unsworth, that Cat penned ‘Josh’s Song’ in his memory and became part of the JUF charity, raising funds for young people in need.

Self taught Cat still plays the guitar and ukelele and already has her own band at Hull, called ‘The After Season’ and who will be performing a gig in June to raise funds for the challenge.

Having already paid the majority of the £1,000 needed to cover her personal travel and trip costs, Cat now has to raise £2,895 before the August 24 trip start date.

Cat said: “At first it was actually a joke, one of the people from Childreach said ‘do you want to climb a mountain?’ and I went home and thought it is a really big challenge and I thought yes, I could do it. It was a spontaneous decision.”

Besides fundraising for the trip, Cat, who still returns to Longridge Youth Centre to help out when she can, is also looking forward to teach German voluntarily in a high school in Hull this semester with a view to teaching English as a foreign language when she graduates from university.

If anyone out there would like to support Cat’s challenge, she says people may donate to the cause via mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/catpg where 100 per cent of the donations go directly to Childreach.