Housing charity has a mountain to climb
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
A group of housing support charity workers literally have a mountain to climb - Africa's Kilimanjaro.
The team from Trident Reach the People Charity – which provides housing, care and support services across the Midlands – will brave extreme temperatures and high altitude during a gruelling trek to reach the 19,330ft summit of the continent's tallest mountain.
The group is aiming to raise £75,000 to buy three minibuses to offer a transport lifeline to vulnerable people, including the elderly and women and children who have fled domestic abuse.
They will spend eight days completing the trek up and down the mountain and have spent the last few months getting fit and raising sponsorship for the expedition.
The intrepid adventurers include Trident Reach’s head of finance Patrick Smith, Reach South Derbyshire shop manager Gina Barsby, tenancy support officer Ellie West, Healthy Eating project coordinator Jane Strand, HR performance officer Melvin Ward, performance administrator Lydia Beaumont, senior support worker Jade Revill-Ross, apprentice recruitment administrator Aaron Moreton and young people’s mentors Matt Peniket and Harbinder Kaur.
Also taking part will be Patrick’s daughter Kathryn and friend Gary Ratcliffe, Matt’s friend John Bate, Andrew Sayers whose wife Lucy works for Trident Reach, and Michelle Pearson from communications consultancy Word Association which works for the charity.
Patrick said: “As head of finance, I am only too well aware of the funding cuts which are threatening care and support services such as ours. So I hope this challenge will bring in a considerable amount of money to help our charity continue its vital work.
“I am looking forward to the trip as it will be a great experience. It is a real opportunity to put Trident Reach on the map and raise our charity’s profile. I am slightly apprehensive about the trek as it will be a tough physical challenge but I’ve been doing a lot of fitness building which I hope will see me to the summit.”
Gina, who came up with the fundraising idea, said: “We wanted to do something worthwhile that would raise a lot of money for our charity. But it is also a great personal challenge and there will be an amazing sense of achievement when we get to the top of the mountain.
“It will be a fantastic opportunity to see another part of the world and a real once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania. It is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. As well as contending with the risk of altitude sickness because of its height, the fundraisers will be climbing its slopes in temperatures ranging from 27C during the day to -20C at night.
Trident Reach provides housing, care and support services to vulnerable people with a range of needs across the Midlands region, including homeless people, those with disabilities or mental health problems, the elderly and people fleeing domestic abuse.
Anyone interested in sponsoring the team can go to www.virginmoneygiving.co.uk and search for Trident Reach the People Charity.