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Kilimanjaro boy talks of ascent

Jack Harley-Walsh
The schoolboy is raising money for two charities

A 10-year-old Berkshire boy who became one of the youngest ever people to climb Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro says he cannot believe he succeeded.

Jack Harley-Walsh, of Ascot, made the 19,330ft (5,892m) ascent with his mother Sue and they reached the summit of the Tanzanian mountain on Thursday.

After returning to base camp Jack said he felt "amazing" but was happy to get back to flushing toilets.

He said:"I can't believe I've done it. I'm really emotional and really happy."

The schoolboy told BBC Radio Berkshire's Phil Kennedy programme that he was drinking lots of fluids and ate lots of fish and rice cooked in salt water.

Sebastian was a very young boy like me, just a bit older. He died of cancer which is very, very tragic, and I'm upset
Jack Harley-Walsh

"The chef cooked good food, and at times bad food, but I quite liked the food. My mum might disagree, my mum might not, I don't know," he said.

"I'm looking forward to crispy duck now."

He is raising money for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust and children's charity Sebastian's Action Trust.

Jack said: "Sebastian was a very young boy like me, just a bit older. He died of cancer which is very, very tragic, and I'm upset.

"The reason why I sponsored the air ambulance is because they help people like Sebastian, but also it's quite cool how they take people around."

Jack and his mother had already conquered Mount Meru and are now set to climb Mount Kenya, which is 17,057ft (5,199m) high, before the end of August.



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