EMMERDALE’S Michael Parr sent his best wishes to members of The Steve Prescott Foundation as they set out on their way to Kilimanjaro to climb the 19,000-feet mountain.

Mike 31, who grew up on Hard Lane and took part in the foundation’s Everest challenge last year, sent the message as the team headed to Africa from Manchester Airport.

The team of 42 climbers, which includes Steve’s widow Linzi, 42, will start their trek to the summit on Friday, which will take six days.

While there, they also plan to play the highest game of football for a chance to enter the Guinness Record books.

He said: “Good luck to everyone at The Steve Prescott Foundation who are about to tackle Kilimanjaro.

“Remember to look after yourselves and look out for your fellow team mates. Hydrate whenever possible and keep those energy levels up with all the sugary sweets you'll be burning off.

“Steve's legacy continues through you and the money raised may change the life of someone less fortunate than us forever.

“Everyone is proud of you. All the best.”

Adding a bit of humour, the actor best known for playing Ross Barton in the ITV show, added: “Remember if you've got the trots due to altitude sickness then don't wear four layers on your legs or you'll end up on a smelly/sticky situation like I did on Everest.

“I've got two frozen Pimmies Pies in my freezer that have been there for more than 15 years, whoever raises the most money gets ‘em. God speed.”