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Progress Report from halfway up Kilimanjaro!
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Progress Report from halfway up Kilimanjaro!

Published date: 11 October 2016

Progress Report from halfway up Kilimanjaro!

We have received some fantastic pictures today of our brave team currently climbing to the summit of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain! 

11 trekkers in total left Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice for Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania last Thursday (6th October).   They are hoping that their efforts during the 10-day challenge will raise more than £40,000 for our hospice, which provides 24-hour palliative, respite and end-of-life care for babies and children up to the age of five.

The money raised will be put towards the hospice’s annual running costs, which reach £1.3 million each year to run at full capacity.  Currently the hospice is only able to fund four out of the six available cots and we are so grateful to the intrepid team for helping with our mission to open all six cots in the near future.

27 year old Feride Seferaj, [pictured] known to friends as ‘Fred’, has already raised over £3,000 of her £3,500 fundraising target for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.

Trevor Wrigley, aged 42, has also signed up to the event. The father-of-one said: “I have done Mud Runs and Tough Mudders before but not for charity. But a colleague of mine at The Co-operative, who is also taking part in the Kilimanjaro challenge, introduced me to Zoë’s Place. 

Both were inspired to support Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice after visiting and witnessing the work we do and just what a lifeline we provide to our babies and their families.

Muna Chauhan, our Corporate Manager, is among those taking part in the challenge.  Speaking before she left she said:

“This is an exciting challenge and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take in Kilimanjaro, its various terrains and of course its breath-taking views.

While it’s going to be a fantastic experience for everyone taking part, it will also be of invaluable benefit to our children at Zoë’s Place and to their families.

The 10-day challenge will be a huge challenge to the group, but we must remember our babies and infants are facing daily challenges in their young lives. They are our inspiration for conquering Kilimanjaro and we would urge anyone reading this, touched by the plight of these youngsters, to dig deep in their pockets and help us to raise as much as we can.”

The challenge has attracted sponsorship from a number of local businesses including GEFCO, Deeley Group, Loveitts Estate Agents, Nuneaton Town Football Club and Arden Fine Foods.

Gary Barr, Managing Director of Arden Fine Foods, said: “We are delighted to become one of the sponsors of the Kilimanjaro trek to help support Zoë’s Place. What an amazing and rewarding challenge! We wish the team the best of luck and hope that our goodie bags help along the way.”

To make a donation, or to find out further information, log on to or contact the hospice on 024 7636 1675.

If you are interested in changing lives with a life-changing event why not check out our current EVENTS LIST.  You can choose from our Giant Cause Cycle Challenge, Wild Inca Trek or a Tandem Skydive to name but a few!

"Fred" Feride Seferaj
Kilimanjaro in the distance
Group picture at Start




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