Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Mountain climb in memory of son

FOUR friends climbed a mountain in Morocco for charity.

FOUR friends climbed a mountain in Morocco for charity.

Amanda Andrews, Jenny Berger, Karen Peters and Helen Meredith climbed Mount Toubkal in memory of Mrs Andrews?s son Daniel Leer who took his own life in 2013 after suffering mental health issues.

They have raised almost £7,000 for mental health charity MIND with fund-raising events in the last year.

The group climbed the 4,167m mountain in two days last month in difficult conditions before spending a day relaxing at a kibbutz.

Mrs Andrews, 50, of Harpsden, had suffered from altitude sickness during the ascent while Mrs Peters, 52, of Binfield Heath, suffered a fall and banged her head and had to be taken down the mountain on a mule during a thunderstorm.

Mrs Andrews, who wore one of her son?s Arsenal football shirts on the climb, said: ?It was really, really difficult. At least three of us thought about giving up. The terrain was really rocky and involved a lot of clambering without equipment.

?When we reached the top it was quite a poignant moment for me. Having Daniel in the back of our minds helped get us to the top.?

Earlier this year the group held a tennis tournament which raised £2,200 and have also held cookery events and coffee mornings.

Donations can be made via uk.virginmoneygiving.com

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