CDL Set to Climb Kilimanjaro for CAFT Charity

4 February 2019

We’re delighted to announce that a stoic bunch of the CDL family will be tackling Tanzania’s iconic Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) – a charity which provides holidays and activities for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children.

Five members of the CDL team have opted to make the epic journey to the summit of Africa’s highest peak, all in the name of raising money for a charity we believe does excellent work for disadvantaged and chronically ill children in our local area, as well as further afield.

The team, which includes J-P, Maria, Lois, Jordan and Chris, is set to begin the climb on 3 October 2019, with donations now being sought via our official JustGiving page. We hope to raise £30,000 for CAFT in the run up to the event, which, combined with the additional 25% claimed through Gift Aid, should help the charity fund future activities, holidays and events for young people who deserve them the most.

Find out more about our big charity event below.


The Charity

Supporting local charities that do great things for our community is important to us, which is why we’ve chosen The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust as the focus for our big Kilimanjaro climb. CAFT provide an invaluable programme of activities for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West, and we couldn’t think of a more worthwhile initiative for which to support and raise vital funds.

Based at the beautiful Booth Bank Farm in the heart of Cheshire, CAFT offers help and support to children with physical and psychological difficulties, as well as those who are terminally or chronically ill. The team also helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those who may have recently suffered a family bereavement – giving them the chance to recapture what it means to be a kid.

For more information on CAFT or to donate directly to the charity, we’d encourage you to head over to their official website.


The Challenge

Billed as the ‘biggie’ by Helen on her individual JustGiving page, our Kilimanjaro charity event has been some months in the planning. But now the date is set, and for our five plucky participants, there’s no backing out now.

The team plans to conquer Kilimanjaro via the Machame Trail Trek, a dedicated hiking route that will take them through dense rainforests, unforgiving moorlands and inhospitable rocky outcrops, before they reach the snow-capped summit – 5,895 metres above the Tanzanian savannah below. They’ll tackle the trail over 11 days, setting out on 3 October 2019, with a goal to reach the summit by the thirteenth.

Elephant roams grasslands in front of Mount Kilimanjaro

Over the coming months, the team will be hard at work preparing for the event, getting their bodies ready for the demands of scaling Africa’s tallest and most unforgiving mountain. In the meantime, they need your support to reach their target of raising £30,000 for CAFT, a sum which could help fund a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for a child in need.

Commenting on why she’s taking up the Kilimanjaro challenge, Helen says: “Many people would ask why? Why put yourself through something like this when you could just stay at home with a cup of hot chocolate and Netflix?  Well, because I can (hopefully), and to me, that's a huge privilege. So, while I'm able to raise funds doing things like this, I will.

“So many people, including lots of the children visiting CAFT, simply aren't able to take part in physically challenging activities. They'd love to be able to lace on a pair of walking boots and take to the hills, but for various reasons, they can't. So, while I'm able to, I might as well take advantage and make myself useful!”


If you’d like to donate to our Kilimanjaro charity fundraiser, visit our JustGiving page today. We have a long way to go before hitting our £30,000 target, so any and all donations we receive will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks and best wishes from the CDL team. 

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