On Monday 18th February a team of 11 set off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, raising vital funds for the Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children.

Kilimanjaro, standing at a massive 5,895m is Africa’s highest peak – climbing it is a huge challenge requiring immense reserves of physical and mental strength. The team of 11 ranging in age from 30 – 70 have been training tirelessly since signing up almost a year ago to ensure they are able to meet the challenge head on. But on top of the physical training they have also worked hard to raise huge sums for the Chiltern Centre. To date, they have raised around £40,000 between them, with more money coming in every day.

The team includes a mother and daughter, a grandmother of 11, a mother and son, a newly engaged couple, 2 trustees from the Centre and is made up of a mix of long term supporters of the Centre and those who have only just discovered the work the Centre does. Veronica Campbell comments, ‘I am so fortunate to have a large family and grandchildren all of whom are healthy. However, life can change very quickly and we don’t know when the Chilterns might be needed by one of our loved ones. The challenge that I will face is nothing compared to those of parents caring for a disabled child and that will be foremost in my mind when I face Summit night!’