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Last updated: Fri 1 Nov 2013

Nunney resident to climb Kilimanjaro

Horn Street resident Charlotte Smith is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro next February to raise funds for Dorothy House Hospice.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro

Charlotte and her husband David moved into the late Jean Lankester’s house on Horn Street in Nunney last year. Charlotte will be raising funds in memory of Maggie Landry, who was deputy head teacher at Sutton Veny C of E Primary School near Warminster.

Maggie Landry died in March this year after a two-year battle with cancer and was cared for by Dorothy House Hospice in Winsley.

Parents, children and staff at Sutton Veny C of E Primary School who knew Maggie either as a friend/colleague or as a kind, sporty teacher and inspiring deputy head hope to raise money as much money as they can for Dorothy House Hospice.

Mount Kilimanjaro challenge

Dorothy House Hospice Care

Dorothy House Hospice Care>Dorothy House Hospice Care supports 1,500 families affected by cancer and other life threatening conditions every year. It is the only charity providing free specialist nursing care at home for people with life-threatening illness in Bath, Wiltshire and Somerset.

Most patients are looked after in their own homes, but short-term care, out-patient and day patient services are provided at the hospice in Winsley.

All care is provided free of charge, but Dorothy House receives only about 30% of its funding from the NHS. This year, after NHS funding, more than £7,000 a day must be raised to continue to provide these services.

Climbing Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro challengeCharlotte, who teaches at the school, now plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Dorothy House.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is an increasingly popular fundraising challenge. In 2009 a group of celebrities, including Chris Moyles and Cheryl Cole, climbed Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief. It has led some to question whether climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is actually that difficult.

However, many mountaineers consider Kilimanjaro very physically demanding. Kilimanjaro has very little ‘technical climbing’ but altitude, low temperature and occasional high winds make this a difficult and dangerous trek.

Uhuru Peak, Mount KilimanjaroThe ascent normally takes people six to eight days. Most of it is a gentle uphill walk. It is essential not to go very high very quickly.

Climbers who climb too high, too quickly, can get headaches, suffer vomiting and hypothermia, find it really hard to get their breath back and struggle with their digestive system. Of those taking the Mount Kilimanjaro challenge, 60-70% suffer symptoms of altitude sickness at some point.

All trekkers will suffer considerable discomfort. Many are forced to abandon the trek, with official figures showing that only 41% of trekkers actually reach the Uhuru Peak summit. It is estimated around ten to 15 people a year die climbing the 19,341ft mountain.

Mount Kilimanjaro challenge

David Jeffrey

David Jeffrey with his grandsons

David Jeffrey with his grandsons on Mount Kilimanjaro

Another Nunney resident, David Jeffrey, only realised his dream of climbing Kilimanjaro on his fourth attempt. Jeffery, aged 76, tried to climb the highest mountain in Africa twice when he was a young man undertaking National Service in Kenya, once in 1955, and again in the 1960s.

After failing twice, he tried again in 2010 only to be caught 300 metres from the summit with severe altitude sickness and told to go back down. In July 2012 his grandsons, 21-year-old Sam Woodman and his 16-year-old brother Joe, helped him finally reach the top after an eight-day trek.

Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped summit provides dramatic views of the surrounding African plains. Huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit, and the spectacular views and beautiful ice-formations are the reward for climbers pushing their limits both physically and mentally.

How to donate

Charlotte will attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in February 2014. She urgently needs more sponsors and hopes hope you can help.

Any donation – big or small – ensures that Dorothy House can continue to care and support those like Maggie.

Charlotte has set up a page where anyone can make a donation and leave a message of support.

Mount Kilimanjaro challenge

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