Fundraisers needed for charity skydive and Kilimanjaro trek
The charity supporting St George’s Atkinson Morley Wing is inviting people to take part in two once-in-a-lifetime fundraising events.
The John King Brain Tumour Foundation fundraises for our Neurosurgery department. It was set up by Laura King whose husband John King sadly died following treatment for glioblastoma, a type of brain tumour in 2016.
The first event is a tandem skydive being at held at Headcorn Airfield in Ashford on Sunday 1 September 2019. Supporters will climb to 12,000 feet in an aircraft before free-falling over the Kent countryside, strapped to a qualified instructor.
If you’d prefer something slightly closer to earth then a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest peak and the largest freestanding mountain in the world – is also on offer. You would depart the UK on Thursday 27 February 2020, returning on Sunday 8 March after an epic 11-day climb led by a team of elite and professional guides.
These challenges follow a series of successful fundraising events organised by Laura and the foundation, including a sponsored hike along the Great Wall of China. The funds paid for a state-of-the-art neurological microscope costing £150,000, as well as the refurbishment and maintenance of the McKissock Ward balcony garden.
Laura said: “If you’re looking for a new challenge which also offers the opportunity to fundraise for an excellent cause, then we’d love to hear from you. As well as continuing to raise money for more equipment, we’d like the funds raised from these two events to pay for a Nurse Specialist at St George’s to support patients with brain tumours.”
More information on both events can be found here on the foundation’s website.
If you have any questions, please contact Alison Houghton via firstname.lastname@example.org or 07931 316278.