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Comic Relief Mount Kilimanjaro climbers reach summit

The 5,895m (19,340ft) ascent is being documented for a special programme to air on BBC One.

The Comic Relief climbers (Chris Jackson/Getty/for Comic Relief)
The Comic Relief climbers (Chris Jackson/Getty/for Comic Relief)

Celebrities have reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief.

Charity bosses had been unable to get through to the celebrity climbers, including TV presenter Dan Walker, Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas and former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, to check on their progress.

But they have now managed to confirm the stars have braved the tough terrain and high altitudes to conquer Africa’s highest mountain.

Comic Relief tweeted: “Drum roll please… Dan Walker, Osi Umenyiora, Shirley Ballas, Anita Rani, Ed Balls, Dani Dyer, Alexander Armstrong and Little Mix’s Jade and Leigh-Anne have done it!”

“They’ve reached the top of  Kilimanjaro. Legend status achieved. Please donate.”

The 5,895m (19,340ft) ascent is being documented for a special programme to air on BBC One.

Their climb comes after Labour MP David Lammy accused Strictly Come Dancing star Stacey Dooley of perpetuating “tired and unhelpful stereotypes” after she travelled to Uganda for a documentary ahead of Red Nose Day.

The politician said “the world does not need any more white saviours” after Dooley posted a snap from the trip with a child on Instagram.

Dooley hit back, saying: “Is the issue with me being white? (Genuine question) … because if that’s the case, you could always go over there and try raise awareness? Comic relief have raised over one billion pounds since they started. I saw projects that were saving lives with the money. Kids lives.”

Kilimanjaro: The Return is taking place 10 years after the original climb led by Take That star Gary Barlow, which raised £1.5 million for Comic Relief.

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