By Tim Saunders on
A group of celebrities who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity last year returned to Africa in December to see how the money they raised was being spent.
Take That's Gary Barlow, Girls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh, Chris Moyles, Ben Shephard and Fearne Cotton were back in Tanzania just prior to Christmas to film a BBC documentary for Comic Relief. The film aims to raise awareness of malaria, and the group spent time at the Bulimya mosquito net distribution centre.
“Handing those nets to people who needed and wanted them so desperately was an unforgettable thing to be given the chance to do,” said Kimberley Walsh. “Almost all of them were parents and they were desperate to be able to protect their children – it was great to play a small part in it.”
The original climb in March, 2009, raised over £3 million for Comic Relief.
“When you help to raise money for Comic Relief you know it’s going to make a difference to people’s lives,” said TV presenter Fearne Cotton. “It’s something that we will always, always talk about when we see each other.”
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