Agriculture student Amy Sharpe has helped raise more than £40,000 for a farming charity by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

The 21-year-old from Harper Adams was part of a team from Lincolnshire egg business LJ Fairburn & Son to climb the volcanic mountain in Tanzania. The team reached the summit earlier this month after an eight-day ascent.

“It is hard to acclimatise to the environment and can prove quite exhausting,” says Amy. “But it was fantastic reaching the top and the sense of achievement was truly overwhelming.”

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Prior to setting off on the upward trek, the team was able to see the work of Farm Africa, visiting a Tanzanian farmer who had increased her yields of sesame from 40kg/ha to 400kg/ha, thanks to the help of the charity.

“It was a real eye-opening experience and proved great inspiration for the challenge ahead,” says Amy.

Farm Africa works in East Africa focusing on farming rather than food aid, aiming to help farmers “grow themselves out of poverty and end hunger forever”.

Amy Sharpe