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Nine celebrity climbers have reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, raising money for Comic Relief.

£1.4million has been raised so far, and the money will go to help children in the UK and Africa.

A few members of the group, including Cheryl Cole from pop group, Girls Aloud, and TV presenter Fearne Cotton, reached the 19,300ft (5,900m) peak of Africa’s highest mountain on Saturday morning.

Updates on the difficult trek have been posted in a blog on the Comic Relief site, and “At the summit, God knows how” had been posted as the first few reached the top.

GMTV host Ben Shephard and Any Dream Will Do judge Denise Van Outen, were also among the first group to conquer the mountain. Chris Moyles, Radio 1 morning DJ, and pop star an Strictly Come Dancing winner Alesha Dixon, reached the summit later on.

The blog went on to say: “Ben, Fearne, Denise and Cheryl make it just as the sun comes up. Amazing.”

Kimberley Walsh, who is another member of Girls Aloud, Boyzone singer Ronan Keating, and Take That star Gary Barlow were said to be “in agony” reaching the top of the mountain.

Others are finding it particularly difficult too, as the blog also reported that Alesha “went through the pain barrier”. There had been reports that Alesha would not be fit enough to climb the mountain, after she found training difficult, but she has built her strength and persisted, determined to do the charity trek.

It continued: “Cheryl for one has already said she’s never done anything so mentally and physically demanding and I doubt anyone in the team will disagree.

“A temperature of minus 15 and air so thin your lungs positively burn with disappointment every time you take a breath means you can’t stop long.”

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