Officer to brave mountain climb

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A BOLD bobby is swapping the beat for a mountain trail as he looks to conquer Africa’s highest peak.

David Bald, a Thames Valley Police officer in Milton Keynes, will be climbing Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA).

He hopes to reach the summit of Africa’s highest mountain in Wednesday, September 21.

David is hoping to raise £3,000 for the DSA’s vital work in supporting people with Down’s syndrome, especially its helpline which receives in excess of 22,000 calls per year.

David said he is looking forward to the challenge, but knows it will be tough.

He said: “I am excited, and daunted, by the prospect of climbing Kilimanjaro.

“However, that is only half the challenge – the other half is to raise money for a very good cause.”

Carol Boys, chief executive of the DSA, said: “Thanks to our enthusiastic fundraisers, we can continue to give advice and support to thousands of people with Down’s syndrome, their families and their carers.

“We make sure that sponsorship donations are put to good use.”

Around one in every 1,000 babies is born with Down’s syndrome and women of any age or race can have a child with this genetic condition.

Although people with the syndrome have a degree of learning disability, most will walk and talk and many will read and write, go to ordinary schools and look forward to a semi-independent adult life.

There are around 60,000 people with the syndrome in the UK.

> Anyone wanting to sponsor David can do so by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/davidbald