Trekkers reach dizzy heights of £200,000

L-R): Brent Arthur (HSBC Wales), Marie Curie Nurse, Catherine Le Roy, Beth Williams and Sam Cooper-Gray (HSBC North West) and Lisa Williams (Regional International Commercial Mgr, HSBC North East team)
L-R): Brent Arthur (HSBC Wales), Marie Curie Nurse, Catherine Le Roy, Beth Williams and Sam Cooper-Gray (HSBC North West) and Lisa Williams (Regional International Commercial Mgr, HSBC North East team)
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A Boston Spa woman was among 30 people who raised a staggering £200,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

The trekkers and special guest Brian Robertson, of HSBC, presented the money at a recent ceremony held in the city of London and Marie Curie Nurse Catherine Le Roy accepted the £200,000 of behalf of the charity.

Speaking about the climb to Kilimanjaro, Lisa Williams, Regional International Commercial Manager for HSBC Commercial Bank, based in Leeds, said: “I was keen to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care as I know what vital work they do in caring for people with terminal cancer and other illnesses.

“It is amazing that we have managed to raise enough funds to provide 10,000 hours of Marie Curie nursing care.”

Lisa, who was 42 when she completed the climb of the 19,3000 feet mountain in Tanzania, was motivated by the loss of her father-in-law Ray to cancer.

During the trekk the banker suffered from the effects of altitude with severe shortage of breath, headaches and exhaustion.

“Completing the trek was extremely hard work, but we were well prepared thanks to the training we underwent beforehand.

“Experiencing the thrill of reaching the summit more than made up for all of the aches and pains we had to endure along the way.

“We are already looking forward to the next challenge!”

At the ceremony, the trekkers announced that future fundraising challenges in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care are in the pipeline, following the success of the Kilimanjaro climb.

A Three Peaks Challenge is planned for June.