A very good friend of true faith, one Colin Wilson of the Republic of Gateshead and long-suffering season ticket holder is giving up his time and money to support charities –  the Alan Shearer Foundation and the Children’s Heart Foundation. 
Colin explains below what he’s doing for the Children’s Heart Fund (CHUF) and if you would like to support Colin, please click on the link below Colin’s piece.
Hopefully during Colin’s climb we’ll be providing you with updates and photos to chart his progress to the summit. 
Over to Colin: 
In September, I’ll be undertaking an six-day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. I’m doing this to raise funds for the Children’s kilimanjaroHeart Unit Fund (CHUF) and for the Alan Shearer Foundation.  I have seen at close hand the incredible work they both undertake here in the North East and, as a result, I will be fully funding the cost of the trip personally. Every penny I raise will be going directly to these two great charities.
I’ll be climbing to almost 20,000ft up the difficult Lemosho route, which is the newest and most remote of the routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. I’m not taking the easy option! The enormous benefits these two charities offer children and families, not just here in the North East but across the UK, will be my motivation to do all I can to complete this challenge.
The Alan Shearer Foundation raises funds for the Alan Shearer Centre, which is a specialist respite, residential and social unit in Newcastle for people with complex disabilities and severe sensory impairments. It needs to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds each year in order to continue to  provide specialist leisure facilities and free and subsidised respite breaks for profoundly disabled children and adults.
CHUF raises funds for the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital. It is one of only two specialist heart transplant and bridge to transplant centres in the UK and, as a result, this specialist unit and its skilled team take in critically ill babies and young children from all over the UK who are born with, or who develop, heart defects. CHUF helps to raise funds for a vast range of crucial equipment, facilities and support services for these children and their families.
I hope you can give generously and make me a very proud individual who, when he reaches the summit, will know he and his family and friends have done their bit for two outstanding charities.
Thank you
Colin Wilson