Thursday, 29 September 2016

Mission Accomplished!

I am delighted to report that both Colin and I successfully completed the challenge and made it to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.  We had an amazing time and were privileged to be able to share the experience with a really lovely group of people.

The trek was one of the most physically challenging things I have ever done, particularly as we approached the summit in the dark, when the air was thin and cold and every small step took a herculean effort.  For most of the ascent we couldn't see the summit but in a way that was no bad thing - just as in life, you don't always need to be able to see where you want to get to; just know that if you keep putting one foot in front of the other and don't give up you will get there.

Thanks you for all your support and encouragement over the last year as I've prepared for this challenge.  And thank you to everyone who has kindly sponsored me.  You have helped me to raise over £6,200 for two wonderful causes, both of which are small charities with low overheads that directly help people in the most desperate of situations, so the money really will make a difference.


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Time To Start The Malaria Tablets!


Just 2 days to go until Colin and I head off to Africa to attempt to climb the world’s highest freestanding mountain!  I have all my kit ready (nearly!) – everything for sun, rain, scorching heat and freezing cold!  Plus loads of energy bars, half of Lloyds pharmacy and the all important toilet roll!  I tried to weigh it all but my bathroom scales weren’t cooperating, so I’m just hoping it comes in under the weight limit.




The other development is that I have somehow managed to injure my foot!  I’ve had an x-ray on Friday in case of a possible stress fracture but nothing obvious showed up.  I’ve also had some physio (thank you Pippin), lots of ibuprofen and have tried taping it up with zinc oxide tape to support it, which seems to be helping.  I’ve stocked up with every legal pain relief I can, so there’s not much more I can do now - just have to hope it will be OK when it is put to the test!

For anyone that would like to follow my progress I’m hoping to update my position from the mountain on my Challenge Tracker – link at the top of the page.



Thank You


I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone again for all the support and encouragement you have given me with this challenge.  You’ve helped me to raise a lot of money for two wonderful charities that really do make a difference to the lives of people in the most desperate of situations.  I’ve sadly witnessed firsthand the enormous pain and suffering that cancer causes, both physical and mental, and I know how desperate things can get and how hard it is when everyone else seems to have given up on you.  To keep fighting against the odds takes courage but it also takes financial resources and support from people who can guide you in the right direction – Yes to Life is one of the only cancer charities in the UK that helps people with few options to keep fighting.  And when everything fails and all hope is gone, it is the most hideous time of all – waiting to die, hoping that it will be as painless as possible and that there is something more after this life.  It is places like the Princess Alice Hospice and their incredible compassion, sensitivity and kindness that help people through this most traumatic and difficult time, and without charitable donations they just wouldn’t exist – I certainly can’t imagine how we would have coped without them.

So, on behalf of the two charities I’m supporting, a huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored me and helped me to raise much needed funds for the work that they do. And if you haven’t sponsored me yet and would like to, it’s not too late!

Next update from Tanzania!

All the very best,

John