Meet the 2022 team who are brave enough to climb Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro

COVID-19 stopped play in the initial quest to get out to Tanzania and tackle the challenge, however TWO years on and we are finally in training, upping our fundraising and fully embracing the countdown.

What those two years on ice have meant, though, is we have lost numerous members of the original squad, due to life and directional changes. Thank you to those team members who have undertaken and re-committed to their own alternative challenges to raise vital funds for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

Dan and Craig are embarking on the 5896m high mountain this month, while the two James’ and Helen will be undertaking the challenge in September.

James Holmes, from Homes by Holmes, said: “I undertake challenges in order to not take for granted the blessed life we’re having and to be an inspiration to my kids and the people around me.

“I’m most looking forward to the oxygen deprivation to find out how to tolerate the lack of oxygen at such altitude!”

Helen Williams, from HEW Coaching, said: “Kilimanjaro has been on my bucket list for a long time and when the opportunity arose I knew I had to grab it with both hands and get my name down. I love the work the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity do and what difference they bring to so many lives and families. I can’t say I am going to love sleeping in a tent on the side of a mountain or regulating the change of temperatures through the different eco-systems but it’s too late now!”

James Hodson, from Evoluted, said:“I am really excited to be part of this challenge to support The Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and whilst climbing Kilimanjaro will be one the hardest things I’ve done, I know the money raised will really help the charity. “

Dan Turner, from Galaxy Insultation and Craig Cooper from CC Plumbing and Heating, said: “Craig and I decided to take on this challenge for different reasons but both with the aim of raising money for charity. My reasons for throwing myself into this extreme adventure was to help me deal with the passing of my mum. It has proven to be a positive and fulfilling distraction. Both Craig and I were born in Sheffield and it felt fitting the charity we aligned with was the Children’s Hospital and have since developed a close relationship with charity team there, both with work place incentives and fund raising alongside our personal efforts. We are ready to smash it!”

Sophie Coburn, corporate partnerships officer at the Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “It is no surprise knowing all of these individuals, that they’ve chosen to climb the world’s tallest free-standing mountain for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. It’s a challenge which will test them to their limits, but it also matches the enthusiasm, dedication and affection they have for our hospital. Every penny they raise will support Sheffield Children’s where it’s needed most, including by building a new life-saving Helipad on the roof of the Emergency Department. Thank you so much.”

The collective Justgiving Page for donations can be found at: www.justgiving.com/campaign/SCCIKilimanjaro2020

Corporate Sponsorship is also available, which includes PR and marketing with unLTD and a snowflake at The Children’s Hospital for the 2022 campaign.

Contact Helen for details at: helen@helpingentrepreneurswin.com

Thank you to all who have supported and donated this far.