Two men from Blackburn are climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of raising money for the Alzheimer's Society later this year.

On Thursday, October 3, Lee Cunningham and Dermot Gallagher are set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.

The reason the pair have chosen the charity is that Lee lost his grandfather in 2017 to dementia, and his other grandfather was diagnosed with dementia last year, while Dermot’s grandma has also recently been diagnosed with dementia.

Lee said: "Having seen the devastation of what each family goes through, the work that Alzheimer's Society have done and continue to do is truly outstanding.

"As great friends for years, Dermot and I always wanted to challenge ourselves and what a better way to do that, than climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro nearly 20,000 feet above sea level and the tallest free standing mountain in the world!"

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano located in Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania and it is the highest mountain in Afric,a and the highest single free-standing mountain above sea level in the world.

The Alzheimer’s Society is a charity working towards a world where 'dementia no longer devastates lives'.

It does this by giving help to those living with dementia today, and 'providing hope for the future'.

The word 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms that over time can affect memory, problem-solving, language and behaviour.

Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia.

Lee and Dermot have currently raised £961 of their target, with an aim of reaching £10,000.

Donations can be made to Lee and Dermot's JustGiving page named 'Lee & Dermot - Mount Kilimanjaro'.