Monday, 4 January 2010


Anthony Hutton
Liam Gough

UK Big Brother stars will climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in African.
Former BB housemates Liam McGough and Anthony Hutton, both from County Durham, journeyed to Kenya last year as part of an amazing adventure which saw them help to build a school, teach children how to play football, DJ in Nairobi and join a Maasai village.
The pair spent a week in Kenya for Newcastle-based MAD – Make a Difference Foundation – and since returning from the trip they have both become patrons of the charity.
And in June they’ll travell to Tanzania with fellow BB friends Zach “Ziggy” Lichman and twins Sam and Amanda Marchant, to help local communities and climb the 16,896ft of Tanzanian mountain Kilimanjaro.
The whole trip, due to take place over a week from June 18, is being organised by MAD founder John Lawler, of Corbridge, Northumberland, who runs the foundation alongside Madventure, his company which offers students gap year-style trips across Africa.
John said: “The trip is in the early stages but everyone is dead keen to take part.
“It’s certainly not going to be a “celebrity jolly” either because they’ll all have to raise £2,200 before we go and the climb will be tough. I’ve climbed Mount Kenya but not Kilimanjaro, so it will be a personal first for me too.
“However our mad Tanzanian guide, Jonas, has climbed it more than 250 times and refers to the mountain as his office!”
Anthony and Liam were due to be joined by their good pal Zach Lichman on last July’s trip.
But he was turned away by airline staff at Heathrow Airport because they he looked too ill to board.
John said: “In his words, Zach was ‘gutted’ he couldn’t go last year.
“He was due to get a plane from Heathrow but he had flu and staff at the boarding gate wouldn’t let him on because he was sweating so much. He came so close to joining us but he just missed out.
“A model called Rhian Sugden is also joining us, so in all we’ve got a lively bunch of people who are all keen to take part.”