Girls Aloud babe Cheryl Cole has found the altitude of the Mount Kilimanjaro trek makes her extremely emotional. The X Factor judge and her Girls Aloud pal Kimberley Walsh are currently 3 days into their trek to raise money for Comic Relief, and have revealed they got really upset after seeing a man collapse from altitude sickness.
Tearful Cheryl said: “He looked scared, really frightened. It really shook me up, shook all of us up. You feel really strange at this altitude anyway, emotional and strange – then to see that really got to us.“
Kimberley added: “This is hard, the walking is tough, but the altitude makes you feel so different. It was great to climb so high today but to see that man looking so panicked was horrible. I’m so glad we are all here to support one another, it would be impossible otherwise.“
On a brighter note, the team celebrated Boyzone singer Ronan Keating‘s 32nd birthday – and had a cake for the occasion.
“Girls Aloud, Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon – all these big mega stars singing Happy Birthday to me, it was really special, really great,” he said.
This (Wednesday) morning the gang finally reached camp after a gruelling climb. The group’s Twitter update read: “That was an extraordinary thing -3 or 4 of the team could have easily stopped today – but they made it.“
Chris Moyles had earlier told Twitter followers: “Im trudging here, counting steps to the top of a ridge. I hope to God the camp is on the other side,” before adding a few minutes later “It wasn’t.“