A cyber security expert is preparing to reach new heights in aid of charity.
Dr Christopher Tait, of Layer 7 IT Security, is swapping his computer for walking boots as he prepares to trek up the 5,890m Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Taking part in the trek this month, he is aiming to raise more than £5,000 for Josie’s Dragonfly Trust, which supports the lives of young cancer patients with limited time.
Chris, from south east Northumberland, is also an active Freemason and is using the adventure to raise awareness of the charitable work undertaken by the Freemasons of Northumberland.
Chris said: “Last year was the 300th anniversary of English freemasonry and to celebrate Northumberland Freemasons gave £300,000 to local charities in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.
“At the end of last year, I found out about the important work that Josie’s Dragonfly Trust does through a friend who was linked to the charity.
“I was amazed at how it helps young people with limited time make memories – it’s not about holidays or meeting pop stars, it’s about family and loved ones, creating lasting memories together.”
To prepare for the mammoth five-day trek, Chris has been practising in the Cheviot Hills and he recently tackled Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis.
He said: “Ben Nevis was very challenging, especially in the searing heat, but I kept thinking that every step I took is going to help someone less fortunate than myself.”
He added: “When faced with the news that a young patient has very limited time, one of the most important things is that they can leave their footprint on the world.
“I was incredibly proud to leave my footprint at the top of Ben Nevis for them and fly the flags of both the trust and the Northumberland Freemasons.”