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Leanne, Paul and David's Mount Kenya Climb

At the end of October, Leanne, her father Paul and David climbed Mount Kenya. They have raised over £1500 for the charity which is a tremendous amount and we are so grateful! We asked Leanne some questions before and after her climb, here's what she said!

We chose the Brain and Spine foundation as they saved my mums life over 15yrs ago



Before the climb...


Tell me a little bit of a back story about yourself, your dad Paul and David – why are you all doing this together?

So David (family friend) and my dad climbed Kilimanjaro ten years ago when they were 50, and now they are 60 we thought we would do another adventure. David moved out to South Africa over 20yrs ago and has lived there was his family ever since. He is a park ranger and currently lives in Cape town. We all enjoy a challenge and thought this would be the next great one in Africa.


Why was the Brain and Spine Foundation your charity of choice?

We chose the Brain and Spine foundation as they saved my mums life over 15yrs ago. Wanted to thank the surgeons and support staff at Herstwood Park neurology unit at Haywards Heath. They saved her life after a long operation for a brain tumour but also all the post operative care she received over ten years. I also completed a sky dive for the charity and dads previous climb raised £1500 for them too.


Why did you choose to climb Mount Kenya?

Mount Kenya is meant to be beautiful and is the second highest mountain in Africa, we then go onto a safari, where my mum, sister and David’s wife, Karen will be whilst we climb.


What sort of training have you done leading up to the event?

I’ve done various training, but includes Snowdon, Brecon Beacons, Lake and Peak District, Jurassic coast and even Yellowstone National Park in America.


Any fundraising tips that have helped you reach your goal? How has the support been?

Support has been great because of the background and cause, everyone has been supportive and have just spread the word amongst colleagues, friends and family. Everyone loves my mum ha!



After the climb...


How did the trek go? What were the challenges and the highlights?

Trek went very well, we all really enjoyed it and loved the route we took. Highlights were the summit at sunrise and the scenic route. Challenges were the snow and altitude

Would you recommend this as a fundraising challenge?

Definitely would recommend this challenge, great team experience and amazing scenery

Anything words you’d like to share with people reading this?

Just that it was great to push ourselves doing the challenge, doing something together and it was tough! Which made it feel more worthwhile getting to the top.


Thank you Leanne, Paul and David from everyone at the Brain and Spine Foundation!