2 August 2011
Tired but smiling, the Hills reach the top for Macmillan
A husband and wife climbed the 20th highest mountain in the world to raise over £1000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Mr and Mrs Hills scaled over 13,000ft to the summit of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo in memory of David Hills’ brother, Malcolm.
The climb was gruelling, but they were inspired by the incentive of raising money for such a worthwhile cause in honour of someone they miss dearly. They have said they would like their money to go to the new Macmillan Cancer Unit at Medway Maritime Hospital where Malcolm received wonderful care.
Over the past ten years my brother Malcolm and his family received unfailing care and support from the Macmillan Nurses at Medway Maritime Hospital.
David said: 'Due to Malcolm’s sad death on 4th January 2011, my wife and I had to rearrange our planned trip to Borneo, which included a trek to Low’s Peak, the summit of Mount Kinabalu (at 4,095 metres the highest mountain in South East Asia). We therefore decided to dedicate the trek to Malcolm and raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.'
'We successfully completed the two day climb at 5.50 am on 26th February 2011, just in time to see a spectacular sunrise and breathtaking views. It was certainly a challenge, but we were continually spurred on by the knowledge that we were raising money for such a worthy cause in Malcolm’s memory.'
'Due to the generosity of our family, friends and work colleagues we raised £1357.'
You don’t necessarily have to climb a mountain to raise money for charity. Simply changing your routine to do something none of your friends expect is enough to raise money for Macmillan. Browse our website for ideas on local events you can take part in.