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30th June 2020
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Darren Holliday, Abode managing director, takes on another challenge
Darren Holliday, managing director of Abode, is taking on the Mount Kilimanjaro Ascent Challenge in June, fundraising for 'Hartlepool Families First' charity. The charity enables disabled children in Hartlepool, to enjoy life to the full.
This charity was chosen by Darren as the son of a friend, who was a healthy 19 year-old rugby player, with his whole life ahead of him, went to bed on 19th October last year, but never woke up again.
George died of Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), which is a sudden unexpected cardiac arrest death, mainly in the young. Very little is known about SDS, but it is more common in the UK than you might ever expect.
George was volunteering at a local charity, Hartlepool Families First, when the tragedy happened, so in his honour Darren intends to raise money to support the charity in all the good work it does for families in need, in and around the area. George was a gregarious man who was always helping other people and had recently returned from Tanzania, where he worked for another charity project, so it only seems right to attempt to climb Africa's highest peak without oxygen, in honour of his name.
Darren's training is intense right now and will see the highest mountains in England, Wales and Scotland being climbed ahead of his attempt on the summit of Kilimanjaro in June.
Recently, Darren climbed Suilven and Stac Polliadh in Scotland. Unfortunately the sun didn't shine that day but that made it all the more important to get to the top of both mountains. Next is the Three Peaks challenge and exercise and training carries on until the journey to the top of Kilimanjaro.
If you would like to donate to help Darren and his support in memory of George Wall, please visit his JustGiving page at:
28th April 2017