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23rd May 2019
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Abode's Darren Holliday makes it to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro
"A dream come true! We made it to the 5895m high summit of Mount Kilimanjaro after a final night climb of 1295m in freezing temperatures. It is the hardest thing I have ever done, but also the most worthwhile." This was the message received from Darren Holliday, managing director of Abode, from the top of Kilimanjaro.
Darren and two of his friends took on this challenge, with Darren fundraising for the 'Hartlepool Families First'. The charity enables disabled children in Hartlepool to enjoy life to the full and was chosen by Darren, as a 19-year-old healthy son of a friend - who worked for the charity - went to bed one night last October and never woke up. He died of Sudden Death Syndrome.
Darren (pictured right) has personally raised over £10K to date (with the figure still rising) and between the three of them they raised almost £25K for a number of charities related to Sudden Death in the young.
The climb saw the 38-strong team which included porters, guides, medics and cooks, trek between 4-8 hours daily for seven days to climb to the top and back in freezing conditions. They made it to the dangerous, near vertical summit, at 06.05 on Thursday 29th June, trekking in minus 17 degree conditions.
Darren would like to thank everyone who supported his adventure and knows that this achievement will help benefit many disabled children and help them to achieve their goals in life.
If you would like to donate and support Darren's climb in memory of George Wall, his JustGiving page is at:
7th July 2017