Quiz night to support Norwich man's mountain bid
A Norwich-based former soldier, who ended up homeless on the streets of London, is now preparing to climb the highest mountain in Africa to raise money for development charity Christian Aid.
Marcus Kilpatrick (pictured above) joined the Army at the age of 17 and served in the Royal Mechanical Engineers for over 12 years including tours in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland.
“When I left the army I basically hit rock bottom,” said Marcus. “I found myself homeless and living in a car in London. My story was in a national newspaper and a kind stranger offered me a room until I got myself up again. I eventually got a job and found my dignity again.
“I came back to Norwich, got married and became a Christian. I now attend Norwich Central Baptist Church. Of course I still have challenges but life is so much better with the support of my wife, my church and God.
Marcus, who now works as a mechanic in Norwich, said: “I want to give something back and help those who have so little in our world. I am going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest free-standing mountain in the world - at 15,100 feet high. It will be a real challenge. If you want to join in and make a difference to those who have least then please do sponsor me, I’d be happy to talk at your church too.”
Marcus is hoping to raise £10,000 with his climb in September and can be sponsored at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Marcus-Kilpatrick
A quiz night to raise funds for the climb is being held on Saturday April 29 at NCBC, Duke Street in Norwich from 7.30pm. The cost is £5 per person to include refreshments. Teams of up to eight. RSVP to Lizzi Kilpatrick on 07960 866972.