Kate Hooper and Sally Hawkins are climbing Kilimanjaro for an amazing charity;The Lewis Moody Foundation!
We super excited to be given the opportunity to trek and summit the north face of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak on the African continent (19340 ft - 1/2 km above Everest Base Camp!). The trek itself is an 8 day trek up the less trodden northern face. This provides us with a daylight summit of this incredible mountain.
When our lovely friend Annie asked us to join her on this adventure we couldn't say yes fast enough. And then we hesitated...... Could we leave our seven young children for 11 days to take on this incredible challenge? Any anxiety we feel about this physical and mental challenge ahead however, dwarves into insignificance when we think about the challenges faced by those we’ll be raising money for.......
The trek is COMPLETELY self funded with every penny raised through sponsorship going to The Lewis Moody Foundation. A charity set up by our good friend and former England rugby captain Lewis Moody. It is linked to The Brain Tumour Charity, which is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families. They fund pioneering research to increase survival, raise awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours and provide support for everyone affected to improve quality of life. They are committed to having the biggest possible impact for every person affected by a brain tumour; including providing much needed respite care and organising family fun days to create some special memories for all involved.
We are honoured, humbled and motivated to raise as much money as possible for this incredible charity. As we approach 40, we are aware that brain tumours are the most common cause of terminal cancer. With those close to us being touched by cancer, we are determined to approach this physical and mental challenge with the courage of those suffering with the disease. Sally lost her Dad to this devastating disease 18 months ago and is motivated more than ever by his memory. With our children encouraging us every step of the way (mainly by beating us regularly at hill sprints, and telling us to work harder!), we cannot wait to get started!
Please come to our party to raise as much money as possible for this amazing charity and help make a difference to people’s lives.