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Mt Kilimanjaro Climb for the Gemma Rose Foundation

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Raised by 50 people in 7 months
Gemma Nuttall,  died on 14 October 2018, at just 29 years of age after she finally lost her courageous five-year fight with cancer. She left behind many loved ones and friends, including her daughter Penelope, four, mum Helen and stepdad Graeme, dad David, and brother Andrew.

The young mum, whose fight to survive had confounded medics and inspired Hollywood celebrities Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio to lend their support, received the devastating news in August there was nothing more that could be done after cancer returned and spread to her lungs, brain and spine.

Before she died she began to set up the Gemma Rose Foundation, a charity whose aim is to fund - through hospices - specially dedicated counsellors to support young families affected by cancer, as Penelope has been during Gemma’s illness. Its objective was Gemma’s specific request.

In March 2019 I will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the foundation. Anybody that knows me well, knows that cardio/long distance is not my forte so this will be a massive challenge for me. Nearly 17 stone to drag up the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the World will be far from easy. That's before taking in to consideration the altitude. 

I want to raise as much money as possible so that people like Gemma - young parents who get cancer - can access the money and get help. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. 

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Well what an unforgettable journey it was trekking to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro. All 5895m of it, or 19,340ft in old money.

I experienced the coldest, the most tiring and the happiest moments up there which made this into the trip of a lifetime.

I’m so grateful for the laughs, all the words of encouragement (and trust me I needed them) and new friendships made along the way. I have come back from this trip with a different outlook on life and renewed belief in myself. I can be a lot tougher and more determined than I often give myself credit for.

So I now ask of you all one last time, if you can afford to sponsor me, even if it is just a pound or two, please could you do so. We are nearly at £2000 raised so far and I would like to get over that if possible.

Thanks for the support so far, it is much appreciated.

Jon x
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So we are now just one week away before we fly out to Tanzania to tackle Mt Kilimanjaro. There has been plenty of TV coverage of the challenge the last couple of weeks because of the Comic Relief climb, I think watching this has helped us prepare a little better to be honest.

Last night I went to a spin class in an altitude chamber in a bid for me to try to avoid the altitude sickness that so many of the climbers suffered from on the Comic Relief challenge.

This comes less than a week after we took on our Spinathon challenge of 10 spin classes back to back. I never wanted to see a spin bike again on Saturday night. It was by far the toughest thing I have ever done both physically and, probably moreso, mentally. It can only stand us in good stead for the climb though.

Please keep the donations coming in, every little helps us get to our target.

Thanks for reading, the next installment will come from Africa. Until then, keep smiling
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So training is now in full swing. Yesterday we hiked Kentmere Round in the Lake District. 1087m elevation gain and over 21km hiked in just over 7 hours, it was certainly a good test. I feel surprisingly fresh today considering how I felt last night, I was in bed before 9pm.

Thanks to Nikoli, Andrew and Paul for making the trek with me, it certainly helps having people around you when taking on this type of challenge.

Please help me by donating and sharing this as much as possible, so that we can raise as much money as possible.

Thanks for reading.
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