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Kilimanjaro Climb January 2013

Four women and a mountain, please take a moment to read this article where 3 of our members are taking part in a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of 2 charities.

Julie Overnell, Clare Robinson, Beverley Kearney and Julia Hughes will be taking part in a sponsored climb in January. They are raising money for our own charity and for Downs Ed and would like any donation and support that you could provide please.

If you would like to sponsor them please log on to: -mountain

alternatively you can text a donation :

Xtra99 (£1, £2, £5 or £10) to 70070 to sponsor Julie and Extra 21   i.e Xtra99£5 to 70070

Down55 (£1, £2, £5 or £10) to 70070 to sponsor Claire and DownsEd   i.e Down55£1 to 70070

Hello. We are Beverley, Julia, Clare and Julie.

In January we are attempting to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa.  This has been almost 2 years in the planning (well lots of talking and only recently some serious planning).  It all came about one evening round Beverley’s dinner table.  A conversation about Beverley’s life long dream to climb this mountain and chatting about our boys.  Three of us have sons with Down Syndrome.

The obvious conclusion was to head to Africa and raise lots of money for charity at the same time!  So that’s what we’re doing. We’re leaving our partners and children behind and hope we reach the summit.

Kilimanjaro is almost 6000m high.  We’re all a bit apprehensive but very excited.  Training has begun.  Some of you in the Hertfordshire / Essex area may see us tramping across the countryside. We will update you on our progress.

You can read more about our story and the charities we’re supporting at our individual pages below where you can also sponsor us.  All money raised will go directly to the charity, the cost of the trip is being funded by ourselves.

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