A team of 12 business owners are preparing to climb Africa’s highest mountain with the aim of raising a significant amount of money for the national charity Mind.   

The group have formed a tight knit team entitled #TREK4MIND and have been training and fundraising for over eight months ready to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on 1st March 2019.   

Mt Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest freestanding mountain at 5895 metres and the team are planning to complete the trek in eight days, walking up to 18 hours a day.  They will encounter all seasons and terrains and will have to battle both fatigue and altitude to reach the summit.   

All twelve come from varied backgrounds but all work with Utility Warehouse who are matching the money raised by their hard work.  Various fundraisers have been held in the local area including a charity ball, quiz night and 10 hour “stepathon”. 

#TREK4MIND Leader Joe Tompkinson told us “The reason why we have decided to embark on this challenge is to raise much needed awareness for what is fast becoming a big problem in this country and worldwide.  1 in 4 people will at some time in their lives will suffer from a mental health condition and we wanted to do something which is a physical challenge but also mentally demanding, something that requires a great deal of dedication. Because of that it goes hand in hand with the charity we are supporting and Mind support people through hard times.  As a team we will be supporting each other on the side of that mountain” 

Mind’s mission is to work towards a world where everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.  The charity plays a key role in campaigning and lobbying in areas that impact mental health, providing training to employers, and providing information lines for those in need of confidential help.  

You can follow the #TREK4MIND journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching for @trek4mind and donations are gratefully received via their website www.trek4mind.co.uk 

A team of 12 business owners are preparing to climb Africa’s highest mountain with the aim of raising a significant amount of money for the national charity Mind.   

The group have formed a tight knit team entitled #TREK4MIND and have been training and fundraising for over eight months ready to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on 1st March 2019.   

Mt Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest freestanding mountain at 5895 metres and the team are planning to complete the trek in eight days, walking up to 18 hours a day.  They will encounter all seasons and terrains and will have to battle both fatigue and altitude to reach the summit.   

All twelve come from varied backgrounds but all work with Utility Warehouse who are matching the money raised by their hard work.  Various fundraisers have been held in the local area including a charity ball, quiz night and 10 hour “stepathon”. 

#TREK4MIND Leader Joe Tompkinson told us “The reason why we have decided to embark on this challenge is to raise much needed awareness for what is fast becoming a big problem in this country and worldwide.  1 in 4 people will at some time in their lives will suffer from a mental health condition and we wanted to do something which is a physical challenge but also mentally demanding, something that requires a great deal of dedication. Because of that it goes hand in hand with the charity we are supporting and Mind support people through hard times.  As a team we will be supporting each other on the side of that mountain” 

Mind’s mission is to work towards a world where everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.  The charity plays a key role in campaigning and lobbying in areas that impact mental health, providing training to employers, and providing information lines for those in need of confidential help.  

You can follow the #TREK4MIND journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching for @trek4mind and donations are gratefully received via their website www.trek4mind.co.uk