Two members of British alt-metal mainstays Bring Me the Horizon will travel to Tanzania on October 12th to scale Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the most impressive — and fearsome — summits on earth. This isn't your typical mountaineers' getaway: Singer Oli Sykes and keyboardist Jordan Fish are making the eight-day journey to give back to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton Hospital, who nursed Fish's newborn son back to life after a brain hemorrhage. The musicians have enlisted fans' help to raising raise for the cause; as of this writing, the crowdfunded campaign has amassed £66,799 of its £100,000 (roughly $131,500) goal, including donations from Architects and Good Charlotte.
Fish detailed the highly emotional story behind his upcoming mission on his JustGiving page. "On the evening of Sunday, August 21st, our 4-day-old baby Eliot suffered what we eventually found out was a brain hemorrhage," he begins. "My wife Emma and I reacted as quickly as we could as soon as we began to feel his crying changed from what you would consider 'normal' to something else. We called an ambulance in the early hours of the morning and did our best to keep him calm, awake and alive."
Fish and his wife rushed baby Eliot to Southampton Hospital, where he made a full recovery in the ICU after five days of round-the-clock care. "While in hospital, I decided that I would focus myself on doing something positive for the ward and trying to raise enough money to pay for a new bed for them," he explained. "Oli asked immediately if he could join me, and help raise as much awareness for this cause as possible."
For more information on Bring Me the Horizon's charity climb and how to donate, head over to Fish's JustGiving page.