Mount Kilimanjaro challenge for Royds Withy King trio to support homeless charity

October 9, 2019

An intrepid trio from the Bath headquarters of regional law firm Royds Withy King are preparing to climb the highest peak in Africa to raise funds for the city’s homeless charity Julian House.

Jess Burston, Ali Cloak and Fran Tremeer are joining the challenge trek to scale Mount Kilimanjaro next February. 

Their target is to raise more than £10,000 for Julian House, which is the 2019-2021 charity partner for Royds Withy King’s Bath office.

Julian House will this year provide life-changing support to more than 1,000 vulnerable individuals, particularly in the areas of homelessness, domestic abuse and prison resettlement.

The team will trek across some of the most spectacular and varied landscapes in the world on their mission to reach the summit the iconic Uhuru Peak, which, at 5,896m, is 4.4 times the height of Ben Nevis. 

The nine-day adventure presents a physical and psychological challenge, with altitude sickness one of the biggest concerns. But it also promises to be a life-changing experience while raising funds to make a big difference to the lives of many.

Royds Withy King director of operations Jess Burston said: “I am apprehensive about the physical challenge but excited for the adventure. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to make this more than a bucket list activity and directly contribute to the well-being of many vulnerable people this coming year.”

Senior associate Ali Cloak added: “Julian House is a truly inspiring charity. I feel very proud to be fundraising for them, safe in the knowledge the money will be used to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the community.

“As well as securing much needed funds, I am also keen to raise awareness about the charity’s work and show how others can get involved if they want to help in some way.”

The third of the trio, solicitor Fran Tremeer, said that while she hadn’t encountered a physical challenge quite like this before, she was extremely motivated by Julian House as a cause.

“I feel so grateful to be facing Mount Kilimanjaro with two of my colleagues and a wider team of like-minded people and hope that our fundraising will make a real difference to the charity and the individuals it supports,” she said.

Julian House senior community and events fundraiser Jessica Gay said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Fran, Ali and Jess will be taking on our Kilimanjaro Challenge. Climbing Kilimanjaro is certainly no mean feat.

“It’ll take a huge amount of effort, dedication and commitment from the team. But by doing so and through raising vital funds and awareness, they will make a real and lasting change to the lives of the most vulnerable people we support.”

The trio have set up a JustGiving page for donations.

Pictured, from left:  Jess Burston, Fran Tremeer and Ali Cloak from Royds Withy King with, second from left, Tessa Kerslake from Julian House


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