Tracey Rogers from Peatmoor and Sue Cannon from Redhouse have returned triumphant in mid-April from climbing Africa’s highest mountain Kilimanjaro with three friends, raising £10,000 for The Undentable Trust, set up in memory of Tracey’s brother Captain Mark Hale of the Rifles Regiment, below, who was killed in Afghanistan in August 2009.
Tracey said the team were supported by a team of 17 Tanzanian guides and porters on the five day trip. “The porters are amazing people who do the hard work of carrying our baggage and looked after us, particularly the chef who created wonderful meals at high altitude using the most basic equipment.
“All our training on the Ridgeway and the Brecon Beacons paid off because the altitude started to get to us. Reaching the top was really hard but the fantastic views made it worth it. The most important thing was doing something to remember Mark and sustain his legacy.”
The trust took its name after Mark’s commanding officer described him as ‘undentable.’ It aims to support the Rifles Care For Casualties Fund which safeguards the welfare of the regiment’s serving soldiers, its 35,000 veterans, and their families through financial and practical support. Since it was established in 2009 Undentable has provided two amputees with hand operated cycles, installed a chair lift and paid for hand operated driving lessons for an ex-soldier.
The trust has also helped the Royal British Legion partnership with Kids Klub, which gives children of serving soldiers the chance to enjoy free adventure breaks, and Help for Heroes in its efforts to support the provision of rehabilitation centres for soldiers across the UK.
Tracey and Sue’s achievement has inspired Tracey’s son Patrick, 19, to raise the £3,000 needed to make the same trip in the Autumn with two soldiers who served with Mark. “Hearing their stories made me want to fundraise to help the trust during my gap year,” he said.
Read the report of the climb and make a donation at: www.bmycharity.com/KilimanjaroTrek2011
Help Patrick with his fundraising via www.theundentabletrust.co.uk
Pictured above: Tracey, Sue and Patrick, with Hanif Robbani of the Bombay Lounge at Peatmoor, receiving a cheque for £400 raised at a charity night in April.