A VOLUNTEER fundraiser is preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the refurbishment of Arrowe Park Hospital's neonatal unit.

Paul Beard will face his fear of heights by taking on the highest freestanding mountain on earth to raise money for Wirral University Teaching Hospital charity's 'Tiny Stars' Appeal.

The seven day trek starting on September 26.

The 47-year-old has been climbing during his preparation for the challenge but this is the highest Paul has ever attempted and he has never walked in such diverse conditions. Kilimanjaro is a dormant Volcano, standing 4,877 metres above the surrounding land.

Paul said: "Heights are one of my biggest fears. The height of the mountain is higher than I have walked before so this is why this trek is such a big challenge to me.

"This has been a dream of mine for many years and I have finally been able to make it a reality."

Paul from Garston, has raised money for the trip by taking groups of walkers around the North of England, sharing his expertise on trekking and navigation.

Paul wanted to complete the challenge for a cause close to many people’s hearts and is determined to raise as much money as possible.

Victoria Burrows, head of fundraising, said: "It's wonderful to see another one of our fabulous supporters taking on such a huge personal challenge.

"We wish Paul the best of luck and can't wait to hear all about his journey."

To sponsor Paul on his JustGiving page, visit the following link:


For more information about WUTH Charity and the Tiny Stars appeal, please visit


, email wuth.charity@nhs.net or call into the Charity Office at the main entrance of Arrowe Park Hospital.