Retired college boss tackles mountain charity challenge

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THE retired head of an East Riding college is travelling to Tanzania today to attempt to climb Africa’s highest mountain.

Former Bishop Burton College principal Howard Petch, 68, is hoping to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Compassion UK, an international Christian child development and advocacy ministry which works to improve the lives of underprivileged children.

Mr Petch will be attempting the feat in a party of 24 who are raising funds for Compassion UK’s leadership development programme. The beneficiaries will be children living in extreme poverty in 26 countries.

Mr Petch said: “As a former principal of an agricultural and land-based college and with some continuing involvement in leadership development I am excited to be participating in this life-changing opportunity.

“I continue to be inspired by the impact of values-based leadership and the effect it can have on so many people and situations, especially in a world crying out for direction and integrity.

“The young people selected to benefit from this initiative have the talent and ability to lead real change within their spheres of influence but having been born in to poverty they lack the opportunity to do so. Between us we can create that opportunity.”

The college is supporting Mr Petch with sponsorship of £2,500 as he attempts one of the biggest challenges of his life in scaling the peak, which is 19,341 ft above sea level.

Current principal Jeanette Dawson said: “We wish Howard all the best with his challenge and look forward to celebrating with him on his return.”