Sunday 13 October 2013
"If you're going to raise money for charity then it's got to be a real challenge and not something you can easily do. That's why climbing one of the tallest mountains in the world appealed to me."
Bryan Robson is used to challenges and the former England and Manchester United captain decided that climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was the best way to raise funds for the Manchester United Foundation, the charitable arm of the football club.
"It is will be an enormous challenge, which appeals to me more than something I know I can do"
Located in Tanzania, Kilimanjaro stands at 5,895 metres and is the highest point on the African continent. A group of 25 climbers including former United team-mate Kevin Moran, members of Robson's family and fans who raised £5,000 to take part, will join Robson for the expedition, leaving Manchester on 17 October.
The climb to the summit is expected to last seven days after trekking along the Rongai Route through farmland, rainforest and high desert.
During his playing days, Robson was known as "Captain Marvel" because of his all-action style and ability to lead. Now, as a club ambassador, he is still keen to make a difference for people in the local community of United. As part of his training for the Kilimanjaro climb, Robson and his group recently scaled Mount Snowdon, in Wales.
"Hiking in the mountains, with the chance of experiencing a problem with altitude sickness and the general physical demands that come with the trek, is going to be an enormous challenge," Robson said. "In a funny way, that appeals to me more than something I know I can definitely do.
"The most important thing, though, is to complete the challenge and to raise as much money for charity as I possibly can."
The MU Foundation provides football training for people with disabilities and uses football to engage with youngsters in disadvantaged areas. It delivers football coaching, skills training, personal development and life-changing experiences, providing young people with opportunities to change their lives for the better.
You can sponsor Bryan Robson and his family at justgiving.com/robsonfamily