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Virtual Kilimanjaro climb at Liverpool climbing centre

Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Photo: James Mollison/Eye Ubiquitous

People can join a team staging a virtual climb up Mount Kilimanjaro by travelling to Liverpool rather than Africa.

Instead of flying to Tanzania, supporters of Henshaws Society For Blind People can add the distance they climb while at Liverpool`s Awesome Walls Climbing Centre, to a cumulative total to reach the peak.

The sight charity is working with community interest company On This Roc for the climb on March 9.

No previous climbing experience is necessary and all the instructors are trained to work with visually impaired climbers.

Glen Lockett, head of fundraising at Henshaws, said: "This is a really exciting challenge that is suitable for people of all skills and abilities. After completing this challenge you will be able to say you were part of a team that climbed the height of the highest mountain in Africa, and you won't even need to leave the country."

Mount Kilimanjaro measures 5,895 metres (19,340 feet) high, while the indoor climbing wall at Awesome Walls are 12 metres high. The team will need to complete 491 climbs in six hours to reach 'the summit'.

All participants will receive a Henshaws T-shirt, fundraising pack, sponsor forms and support from the fundraising team. Climbers are asked to pay a £10 registration fee and raise a minimum of £115 in sponsorship.