The two Little Mix musicians are hiking Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise money for a good cause courtesy of Comic Relief.
Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix have teamed up to scale the highest peak in Africa. They joined the #ReturntoKili campaign to support Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day together with other British celebrities. A British nonprofit organization called Comic Relief is devoted to eradicating poverty, especially in Africa. Each year, the group holds Red Nose Day to raise money for its causes. By overcoming the difficult conditions and difficulties of climbing Kilimanjaro for an entire 8 days using the Lemosho Route, Jade and Leigh-Anne hope to inspire their supporters and others to donate to the cause.
The two girls are persevering and are currently on Day 4.
They have climbed through torrential downpours, and Jade has even experienced acute altitude sickness, yet they continue. We have no idea how they manage it.
As they traverse the challenging terrain to improve the lives of others, Leigh-Anne and Jade are as inspirational as they come. We are excited for them to reach the top and wish them luck as they continue on their journey. Visit the Comic Relief website to follow the team, donate, or learn more about the challenge.
Nine well-known celebrities, including Love Island’s Dani Dyer and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in support of Comic Relief after weeks of preparation.
The crew, which has been climbing the mountain for the last week, has reached their goal after climbing 5895 meters despite suffering from altitude sickness, nausea, tiredness, and a ton of blisters.
Leigh-Anne Pinnock of Little Mix sent an extremely moving statement on her Instagram page after hitting the top over the weekend.
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Leigh-Anne said, “Climbing Kilimanjaro was the toughest, most demanding thing I’ve ever put my body through,” along with many images from the journey.
However, I have to admit that I am lot stronger than I ever imagined I was. I conquered by pushing my body to its absolute limit and never giving up!
“I feel very fortunate to have encountered such kind individuals, whom I now consider to be lifelong friends. We touched that sign collectively because we were a team and stayed together. A time I’ll always remember. We must now raise a ton of money for @comicrelief.
“I am very happy of what we’ve accomplished, something I know is going to significantly improve the lives of so many others!”
All of them reached the summit, Uhuru Peak.
Jade, Leigh-Anne, Dani Dyer, Dan Walker, Ed Balls, Alexander Armstrong, Anita Rani, Osi Umenyiora, and Shirley Ballas were all able to reach the peak this year’s group.
Love Island 2018 winner Dani posted a selfie of herself after summitting the mountain with the caption, “The finish of Kilimanjaro.” I’ve laughed, I’ve wept, and I’ve made lifelong friends. What a wonderful experience, and what a sound justification. Let me be clear: Bring on the shower and a Nando’s because this girl needs it, even if I wouldn’t want it as a birthday present. It will be a story I can share with my grandchildren one day. I sincerely appreciate all of the love and support you have shown me while I have been away.
Bravo to all those involved!
How did the Kilimanjaro charity climb by Little Mix help?
The 2011 X Factor finalists, JLS, and One Direction, as well as Little Mix, were all included on the charity song for the competition. They sang a rendition of Rose Royce’s 1978 hit song “Wishing on a Star.”
Together for Short Lives, a children’s charity that offers continuing care and support for critically and terminally ill children, young people, and their families, received every penny of the revenues. Over 95,000 copies of the song were sold in its first week, propelling it to the top of the UK singles chart.
The Little Mix artist claims that climbing Kilimanjaro changed her life.
The Kilimanjaro trek was so “grueling,” according to Little Mix actress Jade Thirlwall, that there were times she didn’t believe she could continue.
The singer was one of nine celebrities who, despite suffering from altitude sickness, scaled the 5,895m (19,340ft) peak for Comic Relief.
Thirlwall said on Twitter that the arduous journey had transformed her.
Before a documentary about the climb, she responded to fans’ inquiries by saying: “There was a time when the altitude sickness was so awful that I wasn’t sure how I was going to keep trekking for hours and hours.
It was so exhausting on summit night that I just wanted to pass out and be rolled back down, but I persisted because I understood why we were doing it.
She added: “The altitude sickness is very uncomfortable as it’s something I’ve never felt before.
And throughout the peak night, I had trouble breathing, which made me anxious.
It turned out to be considerably harder than I anticipated.
Thirlwall’s bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Shirley Ballas from Strictly, Dani Dyer from Love Island, broadcasters Dan Walker, Anita Rani, and Alexander Armstrong, former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, and sports analyst Osi Umenyiora were also in the group.
When they finished the challenge, Thirlwall claimed she had “euphoria, relief, pride, tiredness, achievement, and a whole lotta love for all the team.”
After the climb, she reflected on life, saying, “I have a greater perspective on things.”
“Truly, it was a life-changing event.
And it truly helped me achieve to know more than ever where the money from @comicrelief goes.
The ascension was captured on camera for a unique documentary that will show on BBC One later today.