Brave duo Louise Barker & Viki Sutton recently set out from Garstang and Lancaster to make the epic climb up Kilimanjaro to raise much needed funds for St Johns Hospice: donating a total of £2,262.75
Louise, a business owner in Garstang knew that some of her clients had been cared for by St John’s Hospice over the years and Viki’s sister, Kate had been looked after by the Hospice, and so they are both great supporters of St John’s work. No strangers to adventures or heights, Louise and Viki have already completed the Keswick to Barrow trek as well as the Inca Trail in Peru raising money in memory of Viki’s husband, Bob.
For Louise and Viki this was the toughest challenge yet. They had trained and trained yet nothing had prepared them for the highs and lows they encountered. Summit night was particularly tough for them as they set off at 11pm and climbed for seven hours without much rest because it is too cold to stop for long!
Viki explained, “This year having booked the trek up Kilimanjaro we were surprised by the reaction of family, friends and Louise’s loyal clients from Louisa John Hair and Beauty as they wanted to contribute again to a worthy cause. We decided to support a local charity this time and chose St John’s Hospice as they had been invaluable to my family particularly last year when I lost my sister.”
Louise added, “I also wanted to support St Johns Hospice as they had been such a great support to my good friend Viki when they looked after her Sister. The only thing that kept us going was knowing that people had given so generously, and realising how lucky we were to experience a once in a lifetime trip”.
Especially heart-warming is that a couple, Liam and Tori from Cornwall, who Louise and Vikki met on the group climb, were so inspired by the duo’s story that they too raised money for the hospice when they returned home – a welcome additional £160.