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Elliot Simmonds

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro For CLIC Sargent

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My story

[p]Hi, [/p][p]Firstly, a huge thanks for giving this page a look, and I really hope you can find anything - literally anything is a huge help - to help me out with this! [/p][p]If you're not comfortable donating online, or would like to ask me about the trek or anything at all, you can reach me at [url=mailto:esimmonds@djsresearch.com]esimmonds@djsresearch.com[/url] and I will get back to you as soon as possible.[/p][p]I will be climbing Kilimanjaro in February 2014 to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the charity for children with cancer. Kili is the tallest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at a little over 19,000 feet. [/p][p][b]I've elected to pay for entire trip myself - no donations made on this site will go towards paying for the climb, the trip or anything like that; [span=text-decoration: underline;]it's all going directly to charity.[/span][/b][/p][p]In addition, I'm doing a few little things as 'training' - one of which will be the Manchester 10k on May 26th 2013 (completed), I see it as all part of the same thing, so if you'd like to sponsor me for that, please do so through this page! Thanks![/p][p]In terms of why CLIC Sargent, I have lost a lot of family members to cancer, so that's part of it, and I feel incredibly sad for those parents who have to watch their children suffering, and who unfortunately sometimes have to mourn for them. [/p][p]This has become particularly true following my taking on coaching for my local cricket team, who range from about 14 to 17, I honestly can't imagine any of them being diagnosed with cancer or what it would mean for them or their famillies. [/p][p]It's not a nice thing to discuss, but it happens. CLIC Sargent provide emotional, practical and financial support to these children and their famillies at what is an incredibly hard time in anyone's life. [/p][p]I'll try and update this as often as possible, but finally, I'd like to thank any and all of you who donate towards what is a great cause.[/p][p][/p][p][span=text-decoration: underline;][b]About the Trek[/b][/span][/p][p]I'll be doing the climb with a few others including Kate and Lucy Flory, who are raising money for the Animal Health Trust. The following is unashamedly taken from their blog, but gives a far better view of what we'll be doing than I could![/p][p]-----------[/p][p]From 7-17 February 2014, we will be climbing the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Known as the “Roof of Africa”, Mount Kilimanjaro peaks at 5895m above sea level, making the altitude one of the most challenging aspects. [/p][p]We will be climbing the Lemosho Glades route, which is one of six official climbing routes up Kilimanjaro. Dream Challenges, the company we are going with, selected the route because it is thought to be the best and safest route to the summit due to the fact it allows hikers to adjust less dramatically to the altitude.[/p] [p]On our climb, we will be camping in two-man tents in three-season sleeping bags. Washing and toilet facilities will be basic. [/p] [p]We’ll be travelling through five different climatic zones en route, with temperatures ranging from hot to extremely cold! The dossier we were given likens it to travelling from the equator to Antarctica in a matter of days! At the beginning the day time temperatures will be around 21 to 27 degrees, increasing to 30 degrees on the plains. However, by the time we are camping out ready to summit, temperatures will have decreased to between -18 and -26 degrees Celsius.[/p][p]----------[/p][p]In addition to all that, we have something like 8 jabs to get between now and start date. This is fine for most people, but I actually have trypanophobia (acute fear of injections) - so maybe you can just sponsor me for doing that![/p][p]All the best for 2014 and a huge thank you for your donation![/p][p]--------[/p][p]I manage a [url=http://rippleoutmarketing.com]marketing consultancy, based in the High Peak[/url]. Rippleout Marketing provides a range of marketing advice including strategic planning, social media management, copywriting, proof reading and wesite design and CMS configuration. We have clients from across the UK and specialise in companies and organisations which have little previous markeitng experience - typically startups, SMEs or companies which are looking to increase growth having previously relied on word of mouth. If you would like to find out more, visit our website at [url=http://rippleoutmarketing.com]http://rippleoutmarketing.com[/url][/p][p][/p]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

07 Feb 2014

Supporters

Apr 23, 2014

Goyt Inn Whaley Bridge

Well done from customers at The Goyt Inn Whaley Bridge

£97.82

Mar 31, 2014

Maya

Well done you! :)

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Mar 24, 2014

Whaley Bridge Cricket club

well done Elliott from all your friends at Whaley Bridge Cricket Club

£100.00

Mar 10, 2014

Frank Fletcher (Gayle's Dad)

Top man - seriously impressed

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Mar 6, 2014

Al

Eminent work Simmonds.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Feb 25, 2014

Vicki

Well done!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Feb 24, 2014

Julie Rundall

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Feb 19, 2014

Barry Rudd

"There's no elevator to the top - only the stairs"-well done Elliot

£80.00 plus £20.00 Gift Aid

Feb 18, 2014

Emma Start

Well done El!

£10.00

Feb 16, 2014

Helen n Chris

well done you

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid