A director from Steelers’ sponsors A1 Flues would like to thank the teams fan’s for helping him raise more than £7,500 for two local charities by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
The Steelers and fans helped John Hamnett from A1 Flue Systems promote his fundraising activity to reach the top of the highest peak in Africa which has boosted the coffers of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity to the tune of £5,004.44 and of the William Stones Trust Fund by £2,684.44.
He was invited to visit Weston Park Hospital, one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England, to see first-hand how his epic exploits will play a small part in a big effort to provide continued support in pioneering cancer research to improve cancer treatments and care for patients from Sheffield, all of South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire.
He said the visit was a humbling experience and in some ways much harder than the 19,300 ft. climb to the top of the mountain, which took five days of trekking between 12 and 20 hours each day.
“The euphoria of reaching the top of Mount Kilimanjaro is an achievement that will live with me forever, but having a tour of Weston Park and seeing how my achievements will help individuals and families who have been affected by cancer is on a par with it,” said John.
“Climbing Kilimanjaro has been a life-long ambition of mine, and fulfilling that has been incredible. But the reality is that I was able to do it for two very worthy causes.
“I’ve had brilliant support all the way through my challenge and the Steelers and their fans have been a big part of it so I would just like to say thank you to them.”
Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity Fundraiser, Sarah Cross said, “John has raised an incredible amount of money for the cancer charity and has not only achieved a personal goal, but helped support thousands of cancer patients across our region.”
“From walking to running, we are continuously overwhelmed by the physical challenges our fundraisers take on to ensure the services delivered at the hospital, continue to be improved.”
John wrote a blog ‘What nobody tells you about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro’, which outlined some of the things he encountered on his route to the top. He talks about just how cold it is, how only six of his ten-strong party made it to the summit and how alone he felt because there was no chance of a quick rescue if he’d gotten into trouble.