In April 2019, along with a great friend Victor, I took what some might say the illogical decision to sign up to the epic Kilimanjaro Expedition adventure challenge in June 2020, this has now been deferred due to the pandemic to hopefully November 2021. This firstly entails a scramble up Mount Meru (4,562m, Tanzania’s 2nd highest mountain) over 4 days before immediately attacking the a route to the summit of Kilimanjaro (5,995m) on Africa’s highest mountain. I’m hoping to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research.
This adventure has been made even more meaningful as my incredible wife, Tara, was diagnosed with Cancer in December 2019. She is now valiantly overcoming the series of treatments to overcome her own much braver challenge and coming towards the end of her treatment. Her courage and stoic attitude has been an inspiration.
The probability is that 1 in 2 people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, but little did I know it would have such a profound personal influence on our family's outlook for 2020.
So with Cancer Research, not only are we helping those courageously battling now, we are investing in our own future for cures. Many of us have faced the devastation of this brutal disease with our loved ones, friends and personally. I want to take on a challenge that will test me to the limits but nothing in comparison to the battle Tara will overcome this year.
Recently my family have witnessed the effects of this abhorrent disease up close, my mother successfully combating Breast Cancer but oppositely sadly my mother in law passed over a year ago after a brave fight.
I was also inspired to take on a challenge in recognition of my courageous god-son, Freddie, who has bravely overcome numerous open heart surgeries since he was born and 18 years later has just recovered from the most serious of those. It was during this operation that I persuaded his father (Victor) to join me on this challenge, (he’s raising for the British Heart Foundation). Albeit the charities are not linked, friendship links us, sadly cancer has also reared its ugly presence and been beaten by their family.
You will also no doubt look at me and think that a trip of this physical nature is not in keeping with my fitness, you are absolutely right so another part of this challenge is to get myself fitter than I have been in probably the last 20 years! This I start in earnest now!
I would like to raise as much as possible for Cancer Research. I would be SO SO grateful if you could sponsor me, it really will push me up these mountains so please dig deep!! Thank you.