They’re not just looking to climb Kilimanjaro. They’re looking to conquer it.
People do all sorts of things for charity. Whether it’s running a marathon dressed as a rhino, cycling from coast to coast across a country, or sitting in a bath of baked beans, those taking part will really do what it takes to raise money for good causes. And then there are those who really push the boundaries; people who raise money by skydiving, swimming the channel… or climbing Kilimanjaro.
That’s exactly what Hazel Yarlett, whose husband is MD of Yorkshire Windows, and her daughter Frances, along with 20 others, are aiming to do come October. They’re not just looking to climb Kilimanjaro. They’re looking to conquer it.
It’s all in aid of Safe@Last, a Sheffield-based charity that was set up to work with and on behalf of those young people under 16 in South Yorkshire who are vulnerable and at risk from running away.
Hazel is on the Appeals Committee and is a fundraiser for the charity, and is also a member of the ROSS (Reach Out Stay Safe) sub-committee, whose aim is to safeguard and secure long-term funding for the charity – particularly when it comes to providing education and support to help prevent so many children turning to the streets.
Between them, Hazel and Frances are looking to raise £3,000 for the charity, and hope that the self-funded, 6 day trek to the summit with 20 other friends and fundraisers will be full of banter and camaraderie to help them reach their goal. As a friend of Hazel’s suggested, it’s certainly a worthwhile challenge for her to undertake in her 50th year!
Stretching 5,891 metres (19,336 feet in old money) above the plains of northern Tanzania, Kilimanjaro’s proud, perennial white summit has the honour of being the highest mountain in Africa – and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.
While not as imposing or difficult as Everest or K2, Kilimanjaro has its own risks and challenges, and it’s important to know exactly what you’re up against before beginning the ascent. Being mentally strong, as well as physically fit and properly equipped for the cold and the snow, is key (of course), but even professional climbers can be affected by altitude sickness, and it remains one of the major dangers lying in wait for the unsuspecting would-be mountaineer.
And altitude sickness and stiff legs aren’t the only major challenges Hazel will face. As an insulin-dependent diabetic, the effects of altitude and change in diet (as well as middle age!) will really take their toll during the trek. As a medical student, Frances will be on hand to assist her mum on the climb, as well as observe the effects that the climb has on her body – all in the name of science, of course.
All members of the trekking party will be fully aware of what equipment they need to use for a safe and successful trip, and have been in training for several months in preparation. Hazel’s own training regime has consisted of walking the dog that bit further each day, hitting the gym and cutting down on the booze, among other things.
Of course, the whole double glazing and conservatories team at Yorkshire Windows, as well as friends and family of the pair, wish them all the very best – in both their fundraising and their journey of a lifetime!
If you would like to support Hazel & Frances, you can donate via the link below. All money raised will go to Safe@Last:
Hazel can also be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information regarding her upcoming challenge.
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