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Kilimanjaro climb raises money for charity

Our director John Hamnett has raised more than £7,500 for two local charities after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

By reaching the top of the highest peak in Africa, John has boosted the coffers of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity to the tune of £5,004.44 and the William Stones Trust Fund by £2,684.44.

John was invited to visit Weston Park Hospital, one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England, to see first-hand how his epic exploits will play a small part in a big effort to provide continued support in pioneering cancer research to improve cancer treatments and care for patients from Sheffield, all of South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire.

He said the visit was a humbling experience and in some ways much harder than the 19,300 ft. climb to the top of the mountain, which took five days of trekking between 12 and 20 hours each day.

“The euphoria of reaching the top of Mount Kilimanjaro is an achievement that will live with me forever, but having a tour of Weston Park and seeing how my achievements will help individuals and families who have been affected by cancer is on a par with it,” said John.

“Climbing Kilimanjaro has been a life-long ambition of mine, and fulfilling that has been incredible. But the reality is that I was able to do it for two very worthy causes.”

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity Fundraiser, Sarah Cross said, “John has raised an incredible amount of money for the cancer charity and has not only achieved a personal goal, but helped support thousands of cancer patients across our region.”

“From walking to running, we are continuously overwhelmed by the physical challenges our fundraisers take on to ensure the services delivered at the hospital, continue to be improved.”

Well done John, you’re a legend.