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Jim and his Kili team mates
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
Macmillan Cancer Support challenge eventer Jim Ready from Hereford has recently returned from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world, saying that he already wishes to take on another challenge for the charity.
Jim took on the arduous seven-day hiking challenge and managed to reach the massive 5756 metres to the mountain’s Stella Point before having to withdraw from the final 140 metres to the summit of Uhuru Peak due to breathing difficulties from the high levels of dust on the mountain. But rather than preventing him pushing himself to the limit again Jim’s experiences of the climb have given him the taste for further adventure. Jim said: 'I don’t think I would have made it as high as I did without the support of some amazing people in the Macmillan team. The crater rim was a tough mental and physical challenge which the whole team did very well. I’m so proud to have been part of a fantastic group. But I feel that there is unfinished business. My motto before I left was ‘We climb mountains, so others don’t have to’ – and we still have mountains to climb in fundraising terms if we are to support everyone affected by cancer.'
Sarah Grout, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan said 'We are immensely proud of Jim and all that he achieved personally and on behalf of Macmillan before he even embarked on the climb. He has come a tremendously long way with months of dedicated training and fundraising. He has personally raised over £5,300 and been the most fantastic ambassador for the charity.'
The Kilimanjaro climb had been a dream for Jim since he was about eight years old when he found a roll of film which belonged to his Great Aunt May Trambeth when she climbed Kilimanjaro in 1941 when working for the Salvation Army. 70 years later Jim felt ‘humbled’ to be retracing his Great Aunt’s steps and to do so in honour of all those who, all too often, ‘have mountains to climb’ with their illness.
Jim can still be sponsored online at www.justgiving.com/Jim-Elscorchio-Ready|.
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