Thursday, 23 September 2021

Family climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of leukaemia charity

THREE members of the same family will attempt to scale Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for

THREE members of the same family will attempt to scale Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for charity which supports people with leukaemia.

Margie Barrass, 66, of Greys Hill, Henley will make the ascent in Tanzania with her son Barney Barrass, 42, a consultant urologist, and nephew Andrew Smith, 56, for the Anthony Nolan Trust.

Mrs Barrass’s husband Jonathan died in 1995 from leukaemia and she has helped raise money for the charity over the years.

Her son trained at the Royal Free Hospital in London, the same place where her husband was treated. The trio will start their climb on September 4 and hope to reach Stella Point at 5,740 metres, followed by Uhuru Peak at 5,895 metres on September 9, before descending. 

Mrs Barrass, a member of the Henley and Goring Ramblers, says she has been training hard with her family for the challenge.



They have climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Mount Snowdon twice and Helvellyn previously.

She said: “They came up with the idea and said ‘shall we do this?’ I thought ‘oh my God’. I’m 66 so I thought it’s now or never. I’ve never done anything like this before.”

Mrs Barrass, a mother-of-three who works part-time as a sales assistant at John Lewis, added: “I’d love to raise a few thousand if possible. It’s a once in a lifetime thing and it’s such a good cause. I’m determined to do it – the only thing that will stop me is the altitude.

“You get a certificate at the end and a large bottle of beer so that will probably go down very well, probably more with the boys than me!”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Barney-Andrew-Margie



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