Barton Under Needwood, Great Britain (PressExposure) July 15, 2013 -- Most people would think that climbing Kilimanjaro was challenge enough itself but not Kristen. She has set herself the added goal of raising awareness and funds for two charities that are close to her heart.
Kristen, who recently completed her honours degree in Festival and Event Management at Edinburgh Napier University, explains "I have never done anything like this before but have wanted to climb Kilimanjaro for years. I was always put if off as none of my friends were able to join me, but this year I decided that it was now or never and began to research my trip. I have self-funded my trip to ensure that every penny possible raised through donations on my Justgiving pages goes to my chosen charities."
"I am raising money for two charities: Scottish Care & Information On Miscarriage as they provided a lot of advice and support for a close relative; and also Macmillan Cancer, the nurses were a great help to my family during my great gran's battle with cancer. I so pleased that my fundraising got off to a good start as having just completed my honours degree in Festival and Event Management at Edinburgh Napier University, I managed to source money from the Tesco Charity Trust. I'm still busy training for the event which is now just over a week away and also trying to raise more money and get people to donate to my Justgiving page McMillan Cancer Care and Scottish Care and Information on Miscarriage" "It will be a good celebration for me as I have had a bit of a metaphorical mountain to climb already this year, studying and working both full time and completing my professional banker certificate so this will round it all off nicely whilst raising money for good causes!"
Angela McCormack, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support said "I would like to wish Kristen all the very best in her challenge to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. I would also like to sincerely thank her for choosing to raise awareness and funds for Macmillan. The charity relies almost entirely on donations to fund our vital cancer services from specialist nurses and doctors, to help, advice and grants for people who have financial problems as a result of their cancer. I'm sure Kristen will get a fantastic feeling of achievement when she finishes her climb and she'll have the added bonus of knowing she has raised money for people affected by cancer."
Maureen from Scottish Care & Information on Miscarriage commented "We are absolutely delighted that Kristen has chosen Scottish Care & Information on Miscarriage to help raise funds for women in Scotland that suffer miscarriages. We are a small therapeutic counselling charity and are not often the obvious choice for fundraisers. We would like to wish our Kilimanjaro climber, Kristen, all the very best and look forward to welcoming her home"
Jane Deakin of Private Expeditions added "Kilimanjaro is a fantastic challenge. Although it requires no technical climbing it does need bucket loads of determination. We are delighted to be part of Kristen's challenge and help her in her efforts to raise much money for her chosen charities. The whole emphasis of our Charity Climb Programme is to get people like this safely up and down the mountain with the most money possible going to the charity."
Jane is founder and Managing Director of Private Expeditions, [http://www.privateexpeditions.co] the high altitude trekking experts who specialise in taking clients safely to the world's iconic trekking destinations: Kilimanjaro, Everest base camp and Machu Picchu.