A group of Armed Forces wives are putting in their last preparations before embarking on a trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and funds for a charity which helps families of soldiers killed in service.

Ten Army wives from around the UK will set off for Africa this summer before beginning their climb up the world’s highest free-standing mountain the following day.

Law firm Irwin Mitchell’s Armed Forces team, which helps injured soldiers and families of those who have lost their lives, is supporting the group in their fundraising challenge and is paying for the vital equipment to help the women make their way up the mountain safely.

The project is in aid of charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which is dedicated to supporting the children of men and women killed while serving with the British Armed Forces. The charity provides treats, trips and activities for families of the fallen with the aim of offering a respite from the daily ups and downs of coping without a loved one

The group has already raised more than £20,000 through events back home in the UK and is hoping that by raising awareness of their climb more people will get behind them and donate to Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Money raised from the trek is likely to go towards a new holiday home for the charity to offer the families who need their services.

Geraldine McCool, Head of Irwin Mitchell’s Armed Forces team said: “Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a fantastic charity which helps those families most affected when soldiers are killed in service.

“The Army wives are an amazing group of women who are determined to raise awareness and vital funds for charity and have already done a phenomenal job. They are all so excited and we are thrilled to be able to support them with funds and equipment to be able to carry out their climb.”

Team member Catherine Green said: “As the trip gets closer and closer we are getting more nervous, but we have been on training climbs in the UK and we feel ready for the challenge. We are really thankful to Irwin Mitchell for helping us get proper kit and boots which has given us confidence to focus on the task ahead.

“This climb represents the strength of mothers, wives and friends enduring together; and to remind us all the importance of standing beside our extended “military family”. Fallen soldiers shall never be forgotten, and neither will their children.

“As military families ourselves we really know the value of Scotty’s Little Soldiers and it such a worthy charity helping many people struggling to come to terms with their new found situation. We hope that the funds can really help make a difference to them so they can help even more people who need their support.”

To donate, visit www.bmycharity.com/10armywives

More information about Scotty’s Little Soldiers, visit www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk

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