Vimto tackles Kilimanjaro for Warrington Youth Club

A team from leading soft drinks brand Vimto, is preparing to scale Kilimanjaro hoping to raise in excess of £25,000 for the company’s chosen charity – Warrington Youth Club.

The team of six tackling the summit will include James Nichols, the great grandson of the inventor of Vimto John Noel Nichols. He is joined by two department heads, Tim Spur and David Perkins from the Warrington-based soft drinks company.

Keeping them company will be a number of suppliers who work with Vimto including; Steven Watt from Rose Confectionery, Bin Donaldson from juice supplier Cobell and Paul Heesterman from flavour supplier Sensient. The chairman of Warrington Youth Club, Nick Hopkinson will be leading the expedition which sets out on March 2nd.

James Nichols, from Vimto said: “We are looking forward to tackling Kilimanjaro. It is something that we’ve talked about and trained hard for and now we just want to get there. We are delighted that industry suppliers are joining us and others are sponsoring to help us raise more than £25,000 for Warrington Youth Club.

“We are supporting Warrington Youth Club throughout 2014. It is not just a youth club in the traditional sense of the word, it  educates young people and deters them from getting involved with criminal activity. The club offers a number of mentoring programmes that help to inspire young people to believe in themselves. Without places like Warrington Youth Club, these kids are lost and will go onto live outside of society.”

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level.  The team has chosen to take the Rongai route, which is the least trekked due to the steepness of the final ascent and involves around 4000 metres of ascent in just five days.

Dave McNicholl, chief executive of Warrington Youth Club and part of the trekking team said: “We are thrilled to have the team from Vimto supporting us. All of the funds raised from this trek will support some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people. Many of these young people have become disillusioned because of a lack of opportunities to gain meaningful employment. These funds will help raise their skills, confidence and aspirations.”

To donate to the Kilimanjaro challenge please go to:


The full Vimto team is made up of;

James Nichols, Vimto

Tim Spur, Vimto

David Perkins, Vimto

Steven Watt, Rose Confectionery

Bin Donaldson, Cobell

Paul Heesterman, Sensient Flavors

Accompanying the team will be:

Nick Hopkinson, chair of Warrington Youth Club

Dave McNicholl, chief executive of Warrington Youth Club

Nick Byrne – WYC supporter

Steve Clayton – WYC supporter

Gron Ffoulkes- Davies, WYC supporter


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