A TRUSTEE of the James Bulger charity has taken fundraising into his own hands by pledging to climb the world’s highest freestanding mountain.
Anthony O’Brien, along with friend Jamie Campbell, will attempt to scale Mount Kilimanjaro, which is 5,895 metres above sea level.
The challenge is in aid of the James Bulger Memorial Trust, which was set up in memory of the murdered Bootle toddler following his death in 1993.
The aim is to raise £3,000 and the pair are well on their way having already generated more than £1,200 already.
Anthony said: “In September Jamie and I will be attempting to summit the world’s highest freestanding mountain. We will be off the ‘beaten track’ and on the uncrowded route to the peak, walking for up to 14 hours a day for eight days.
“We will be raising money and awareness for the James Bulger Charity. James Bulger will never be forgotten. He was a fun-loving, innocent little boy whose life was so cruelly taken away from him.
“To this day James’ mother Denise Fergus continues to receive messages of sympathy and support from people all over the world.
“The aims and objectives of the James Bulger Memorial Trust are to benefit and support young people who are disadvantaged by reason of having become the victims of crime, hatred or bullying. To reward those who are judged to have shown exemplary conduct, making a positive contribution to the welfare of others, or society in general.
“As a trustee for the charity, I cannot think of anything more fitting or deserving of my donations.”
A spokesperson for the James Bulger Memorial Trust said: “Anthony will be raising money and awareness for the James Bulger Charity to enable us to send disadvantaged children and families on the holiday that they deserve.”
If you would like to donate, visit the website https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anthony-OBrien4