Five brave supporters have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Hospice.
Tony Gardiner, 62, of Ipswich, Stephen Cocker, 59, of Ipswich, Jessica Seath, 20, of Stowmarket, Gary Brame, 27, of Ipswich and Tiffany Sims, 31, of Ipswich, climbed 19,341 feet to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
They endured a tough six day trek before finally reaching the famous summit sign on October 18th.
Between them, the group raised £15,000 for St Elizabeth Hospice, which relies heavily on the support of the local community.
Gary Brame enjoyed the experience so much he has already decided he wants to climb Mount Kilimanjaro again. He said: “Originally, I was interested in doing a Skydive for the Hospice, but then I saw Kili advertised and I decided that would be more of a challenge for me.
“The Hospice is a wonderful charity and I have known many people who have used its services, so I’m so glad I did. As soon as we reached the summit point I thought this is something I want to do again.”
Leanne Carhart, St Elizabeth Hospice’s Event Organiser, said: “I am extremely proud of the group for all reaching the summit and we are so grateful to them for raising an incredible £15,000. The money will go towards helping the Hospice improve life for people living with a progressive illness, and providing support for their families and carers.
“Challenges like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro are a once in a lifetime experience and we offer many amazing opportunities to take on overseas challenges including a bespoke Sahara Desert Trek, the London to Paris Cycle Challenge, and Iceland Winter Volcano Trek. We also offer UK challenges such as the Three Peaks or the London Triathlon.”
If you would like to find out more about the challenges the Hospice has on offer for 2014,