Mountain Climb for Beaulieu House
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Southern Gas Networks (SGN) employee John has conquered Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Newport-based charity, Beaulieu House.

 

Beaulieu House is a care and respite centre for children with disabilities from across the Isle of Wight. After volunteering at the charity with his SGN colleagues last year as part of the company’s Community Action Programme (CAP), John was inspired to help the unit again by raising much-needed funds for a new IT suite.

 

John knew he needed a big challenge to raise big funds and so, he set his sights on climbing Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.

John knew he needed a big challenge to raise big funds and so, he set his sights on climbing Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.

 

Together with friend Nigel Lockwood, John committed to months of training in preparation for the trek. Despite a punishing training regime, the climb was no walk in the park. The lack of sleep and physical demands of the trek were gruelling, but the amazing sunrises and breathtaking scenery kept John’s spirits up along the way.

 

John said: “The highlight of the whole trek was reaching the top of Kilimanjaro and knowing I’d achieved my goal for Beaulieu House. Together, Nigel and I raised around £8,000 in total. This money will go towards an interactive white board, iPads and touch screen computers that will give the children opportunities to access technology and the internet which they haven’t had at the centre before.”