03 October 12
A team of 9 local volunteers have successfully trekked to the summit of Mount. Kilimanjaro, raising £20,000 for St. Raphael's Hospice on its 25th anniversary.
Led by seasoned explorer and former St. Anthony's patient Roger Davies, the group tackled 5 terrains (tropical rainforests, shrubland, grassland, rocks and ice and snow) to reach the summit after 7 days.
For Roger, it was his first adventure since having a total knee replacement performed by Mr. Gerry Kavanagh at St. Anthony's. He says 'I am proud of everyone who took part in this expedition. They demonstrated such determination to succeed - congratulations to them all. It was the first time I climbed with my metal knee and it worked brilliantly.'
St. Raphael's Hospice is the sister organisation to St. Anthony's and provides care to the local community for those with life-threatening illnesses. The service is free of charge and provides medical and nursing care as well as support to family and friends.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of the volunteers who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for going to such great lengths to support a very worthy cause.
If you would like to find out more about St. Raphael's and the services it provides please visit www.straphaels.org.uk