Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro

Lynette Waller, who grew up in Upton upon Severn, is completing an extreme challenge next year, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Lynette’s Mum, Bonnie Papps, who lives in Upton, has MS and climbing Kilimanjaro was a dream of hers, which sadly she is not able to achieve due to her illness, so Lynette is doing this for her.

“On the 19th October 2016 I will be travelling to Tanzania for 12 days to hike 50miles ascending 5895 metres to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

My mum has been battling with Multiple Sclerosis for the past 10 years! She has struggled to come to terms with how this horribly debilitating condition has threatened and at times taken away her independence. Nevertheless as she has found her body failing her at times, she has also continued to embrace life and last year she jumped out of a plane, doing a tandem sky dive and raised a lot of money to support the MS Society.

Now, there is no way on God’s earth I could EVER throw myself out of a plane! But as I sat there waiting for her to be called for her adventure I noticed this twinkle in her eye! She felt alive, helpful! Not just someone with MS who needed help, she could give something back! In her words, she felt “normal again”.

Both mum and I have recently embarked on a slight health kick and both started going to a gym. During a discussion about targets Mum announced she was planning on doing a trek to the top of Kilimanjaro to raise money for MS….. my ears instantly pricked up. A hike, where I could sit on the roof of Africa AND walk through ice glaciers, that’s my kinda place! I was instantly in!

Sadly though, Mum’s dream of climbing Kilimanjaro is one that her MS would prevent her from achieving, which has made me more determined to do this on her behalf! I figure, she should put her feet up and let someone else do the hard work for a change!

I am hoping to raise over £5000 which will help towards much needed research and could lead to further treatment or even a cure for this horrible disease.

Any support will be great fully received, please visit my JustGiving page below:

As you would imagine, this type of challenge is very enduring, and I have already started my training. Visit my Facebook page where I will be posting updates of my journey on

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you in advance for any donations x”