Stars set to climb Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief

Comic Relief Kilimanjaro climb 2019
Dan Walker, Ed Balls, Alexander Armstrong, Anita Rani, Osi Umenyiora, Shirley Ballas, Dani Dyer, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock will be making the climb up Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief. Photo: Instagram

Back in 2009, celebrities including Gary Barlow, Cheryl Tweedy, Ben Shephard, Denise Van Outen and Kimberley Walsh climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to help raise money for Comic Relief.

This month, a new host of well known faces will be making the ascent up Africa’s highest mountain for the annual fundraiser.

TV presenter Dan Walker, former politician Ed Balls, Pointless presenter Alexander Armstrong, newsreader Anita Rani, NFL star Osi Umenyiora, Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas, Love Island 2018 winner Dani Dyer, and Little Mix singers Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock have been named as the celebrities taking part in the charity climb.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas said she was “Excited to be doing this climb for charity. Although I feel this will be the hardest task I’ve done I am looking forward to the challenges it will bring.”

TV presenter Dan Walker added that he was “Excited and a bit nervous but delighted to be climbing Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief with this lovely bunch.”

The eight-day trek will be filmed for a special one-hour documentary, which will be shown on BBC One in the run-up to Red Nose Day.

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