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York man to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Mount Kilimanjaro

8:16am 21st February 2011


York resident Steve Creighton will be part of a dozen-strong team of Thales UK emplyees who are about to embark on a trip of a lifetime, as they attempt to scale the fourth highest mountain in the world this week in order to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

He will be part of the Thales Mount Kilimanjaro trek, which aims to raise a total of £54,000 before setting off to conquer the 19,300-foot high peak. The team will be taking the north-eastern route, which runs along the Tanzania-Kenya border. They will then spend six days at the summit.  

The team is drawn from seven of Thales UK’s sites: Basingstoke, Cambridge, Crawley, Doncaster, Glasgow, London and Weybridge.

York resident Steve Creighton said: 

“I signed up for this trek because I wanted to do something challenging to mark my 40th birthday in August. I would imagine that there are few people who have not had direct or indirect experience of the fantastic service and support they provide. It's very sobering to think that Marie Curie needs to raise £9,000 every day in order to provide the services that they do,”

The twelve climbers will take the Rongai Route, which has been chosen for its northern approach and untouched scenery. The trek will take place in the dry season but the slopes can be subject to unpredictable weather. Near the top, climbers can expect searing heat in the day and freezing temperatures at night.  

The final push to the summit will test the psychological and physical limits of the team but typically 90 per cent of participants in Kilimanjaro treks make it to Gilman’s Point and of these, nearly half have made it on to Uhuru Peak; Steve is determined to get to the top.

Thales UK has been in partnership with Marie Curie, setting itself the ambitious target of raising more than £500,000 for the cancer charity across a five-year period. Four years on, the company has raised an amount totalling some £400,000.  

"Marie Curie is an outstanding charity and we’re proud to be supporting them,” said Victor Chavez, Chief Executive of Thales UK. “Their dedication and care of terminally ill cancer patients is second to none.”  

The charity provides Marie Curie Nurses who care for terminally ill people in their own homes with £20 funding one hour of nursing care in terminally ill patients’ homes. If Steve were to reach his target of £6,000 it would pay for 300 hours of nursing care, and if the team delivers on its £54,000 goal, it would pay for 2,700 hours of care.  

With two weeks to go, Steve has raised some £5,470 to date.  

If you would like to donate to Steve, you can do so by visiting his fundraising  here

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