Dedicated Fundraisers, Jill Cox and Emma Holcombe who work for Mulberry in Chilcompton (near Midsomer Norton) will complete their final challenge on Friday 24 August – a trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro in aid of raising money for The Forever Friends Appeal and Time is Precious.
Jill and Emma set a fundraising target of £8,500 at the beginning of 2018. They’ve organised a number of fundraising events throughout the year and so far have raised an incredible £11,939.
Jill Cox, Production Planning Manager, Mulberry said:
“Last year I lost my dad, he suffered with his heart throughout his life, so I really wanted to be able to help others by giving back to the Cardiology Department at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.
“We got the fundraising bug when Emma and I completed the Three Peaks Challenge. We really enjoyed every aspect of the three peaks and the fundraising side too. We decided Kilimanjaro would be amazing and a challenge to raise a considerable amount of money for The Appeal and Time is Precious.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported us. We’ve held cake and book sales, a raffle and even sat in a bath full of baked beans for six hours with onlookers pouring more beans or soup on us for more donations. Our employer, Mulberry gave us a good start to our fundraising target by pledging £2,000 towards our target. We’re now looking forward to conquering Mount Kilimanjaro – we can’t believe we are one step closer to completing our goal. If anyone would like to sponsor us, we have a giving site ”
On Friday, 24 August, Jill and Emma will set off on the gruelling 10 day trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. At the summit they will be 5,895 metres above sea level (19,341 feet).
Laura Rankin, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:
“On behalf of the Appeal, I’d like to thank Jill and Emma for raising funds for the RUH’s Cardiology Department. They have undertaken some amazing fundraising events and we wish them a huge amount of good luck on their trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.
“We rely on the invaluable support we receive from the local corporate community to be able to invest in projects that go above and beyond what the NHS can provide, and make a real difference to patients, their families, carers and the staff who treat them.”