Kilimanjaro Challenge raises over £11,000 for Barnardo’s

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

They made it! Congratulations to our members Lucy Clements and Trish Slade who have successfully completed their Kilimanjaro - Lemosho challenge, one of the toughest trekking challenges in the world.

Kilimanjaro Summit

Here are Lucy and Trish at the summit of the highest free-standing mountain on earth,
along with the Barnardo's Bear. 

On reaching the summit, Trish commented: "What an adrenaline rush, we reached the summit after a seven hour climb, predominantly in the dark after setting off at 2.00am.  I don't think I have ever done anything so difficult in my life. But as is always the case the euphoria soon dims the memory and I am already itching to undertake the next challenge. Mount Elbrus, the highest point in Europe, is calling to me!"

During the climb, Lucy commented: "Reached the half way point of our challenge now and I'm conquering my fears left, right and centre. It's very hard, but I'm a resilient person and I'm loving every minute of it! It's life changing and very humbling with the things that we are seeing! I want to bring them all home."

Lucy and Trish have raised over £11,000 for Barnardo's, the chosen charity for our annual President's Appeal, and they are still receiving donations to their Just Giving page.  There were 22 people in their group, all of which completed the Kilimanjaro challenge.

Barnardo's is a children's charity working across the UK. Its aim is to help vulnerable children suffering from poverty, sexual exploitation, disability or domestic violence so that they can get the best possible start in life. Through research, campaigning and the wide ranging projects it runs, Barnardo's transforms the lives of abused and neglected children.* Foresters Friendly Society has been raising money for Barnardo's via initiatives and fundraising events by members of the Society and staff as part of its annual charity appeal.