An uncle and nephew team from Accrington will fly out to Africa for the biggest challenge either of them have ever undertaken.

Ian Pilkington, 52 and Jordan Snape, 23 will climb 20,000 feet Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania together to raise money for two charities.

Ian is raising money for the National Autistic Society, while Jordan is fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The pair will cover around 50 miles on their way to the summit and expect the expedition to take them between six and ten days.

Jordan, who works at Fort Vale Engineering, said the pair had been training hard in preparation for the trek.

He said: “Training’s been going well, obviously there’s nothing in England high enough to practise on but we go on long walks and hikes in the Lake District and places like that.”

The 23-year-old added that he chose Marie Curie Cancer Care because his mother beat the disease and he knows first hand the effect cancer can have on sufferers and families.

Ian, who lives on Burnley Road, said he chose to support the National Autistic Society because he has friends who work for the charity and he wants to support the good work they do.

Company accountant Ian believes that he and Jordan, who lives on Simmons Way, have done as much training as possible and is now eager to begin climbing the highest mountain in Africa.

He said: “I just want to go now, to be honest. I’m quite excited. It’s something different to anything I’ve ever done before. It’s something outside of my comfort zone so it’s just a case of seeing if we suffer from the altitude sickness.”

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