Fundraising trio, Craig, Paddy and Adi, completed the 19,370ft Kilimanjaro climb back at the end of September and were blown away with the support they were shown.
Craig Smith took on the challenge to raise vital finds for Myton in memory of his two brothers, Carl and Dan, who died at The Myton Hospices.
Craig’s youngest brother, Daniel, died of cancer in 2016 at Warwick Myton Hospice, aged just 24 years old.
In May of this year, Craig’s other brother, Carl, died aged 50, again of cancer. Carl spent his last few days at Coventry Myton Hospice.
The Myton Hospices is very special to me and my family. Both of my brothers spent their last few days in the exceptional care of Myton.
The team at Myton were so amazing, providing expert and compassionate care to my brothers, and a range of additional support services for my family and friends, ensuring those final moments were as special as they can be.
Craig wanted to focus his gratitude for Myton on climbing the highest mountain in Africa alongside his dear friends, Paddy and Adi.
The climb and descent took seven days, during which we camped overnight at various altitudes.
We all suffered with the effects of altitude as we got closer to the summit.
Craig suffered with acute altitude sickness, being sick, feeling nauseous, entirely drained and dizzy. All this whilst climbing through the night and doing so in a wind chill of -19 degrees.
Through all of this, I am so pleased to announce that we raised £30,592.30!
This includes hundreds of generous online donations, 11 company sponsorships and additional funds raised through our return party. We hosted a BBQ, face-painting, raffle and auction.
So many friends, family and the community donated so many amazing items and bid so generously towards the cause.
I know from my experience that these funds will make such a big difference to the lives of so many families who will be supported by Myton over the coming year.
We are so grateful to Craig, Paddy and Adi, and of course their community who rallied behind them, for raising such an incredible amount for Myton.
This year we need to raise £10.5 million to continue to provide our services free of charge and we couldn’t achieve this without the incredible support from people like Craig, Paddy and Adi.
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