Local Fell Walker’s Mount Kilimanjaro Adventure Raises Vital Funds for CancerCare

on Monday, 30 November -0001.

Forty six year old Simon Corless has taken on the biggest challenge of his life by climbing Africa’s highest peak to raise funds for local cancer support charity CancerCare.Simon - an Electrical Engineer at Lancaster University – is well used to strenuous walks in the Lakeland Fells but his latest expedition to Africa was an experience he’d never forget.

“It had always been on my bucket list to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and I had thought about doing it many times. But when my brother dared me to actually go through with it this year I just had to accept his challenge!”

Along with his brother and sister in law, Simon flew out to Tanzania on 15th December ahead of their 7 day trek which would take them on an amazing journey to 19,000ft above sea level.

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“What was really bizarre is that you’re walking through dense rainforest dripping with sweat for the first few days and then all of a sudden you’re met by a giant glacier."

“We set off for Uhuru - Kilimanjaro’s highest peak - under the cover of darkness with a blanket of stars above, summiting just as the sun was rising.  It felt like we were walking on the moon! I’ll never forget it.”

DSC 0046"I did train for the climb but nothing could have prepared me for the mental challenges ahead. It was really tough and there were times I just wanted to throw my guide off the mountain! But I was so determined I was going to make it. Lots of people dropped out because of the altitude sickness."

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Through his efforts, Simon has managed to raise nearly £2,000 for CancerCare, a local charity that relies on donations to provide its vital support services across North Lancashire & South Lakes.

CancerCare supports local people whose lives are affected by cancer as well as their families, carers and anyone who has been bereaved by cancer. They offer a wide range of free professional support services delivered by experienced and qualified staff including counselling, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy massage, creative art therapies and exercise classes to name but a few.  The charity also offers a dedicated Children and Young People’s Service for children as young as three.

Simon added,

“I’ve lived in Lancaster all my life and I know all about CancerCare - they were there for my father in law when he had cancer. I just want to help raise awareness of the great work they do in our local area by doing this challenge. You never know when you or your family might need them.”

A HUGE well done to Simon - from all at CancerCare.

You can still sponsor Simon at http://www.justgiving.com/Simon-Corless