Back in 2009, nine celebrities climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise money for Comic Relief.

This year, nine more celebs took on the challenge for Comic Relief 2019.

The team who took on the tallest mountain in Africa included Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirwall, Strictly’s Shirley Ballas and Love Island 2018 winner Dani Dyer.

Here’s all you need to know about Dani’s climb – the preparation, her motivation and how she succeeded!

(L-R) Alexander Armstrong, Osi Umenyiora, Shirley Ballas, Ed Balls, Anita Rani, Jade Thirlwall, Ed Balls, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Dani Dyer and Dan Walker.

Who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2009?

The star-studded team included Fearne Cotton, Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon and Cheryl.

They raised over £1,000,000 and helped provide the area with over a million mosquito nets, helping to prevent the spread of malaria.

None of the original team completed the mountain climb for a second time (understandably), but they are still involved with Comic Relief fundraising.

Alesha Dixon will even be a co-host this year!

Why is Dani doing the climb?

The 23-year-old Love Island winner gave her reasons for participating on The One Show.

Dani said:

When you do finally get a profile, you can do so many good things with that. I think in life you get given such lovely things, but you need to give back. And if I can raise money with what I do now, then that will make me go with a smile on my face.

And that’s why she earned the title of the nation’s sweetheart!

How did Dani prepare?

Lots of training and preparation went into the climb.

The nine celebrities all visited The Altitude Centre in London. This gym specifically trains people for climbing and mountaineering at high altitudes, like on Kilimanjaro.

Dani received training from Professor Greg Whyte OBE for a month before commencing the climb.

The training is no small fee though.

A one-hour mountaineering consultation at The Altitude Centre costs £129!

Dani Dyer (L) and Ed Balls (R) receiving training from Prof. Greg Whyte. BBC.

Did Dani cope?

Dani admitted she had “never camped in [her] life” before this trip. We bet this is quite different from camping in the English countryside!

Although she said her biggest challenge would be the walking and camping, it came in the form of a rocky 100-metre steep slope called ‘the nipple’ that she had to scale without a rope.

At one point Dani broke down in tears and thought she was “gonna die”.

Luckily, she had teammates, Alexander Armstrong and Dan Walker to help her up and over the daunting climb.

(L-R) Dan Walker, Dani Dyer, Alexander Armstrong. BBC.


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