Father and son climb Kilimanjaro for local healthcare providers

Father and son, Kevin and Chris Walsh have raised £4323 through a Mt Kilimanjaro climb for three local healthcare providers; Hospice at Home West Cumbria, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, CPFT, Loweswater Suite and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, Henderson Suite at West Cumberland Hospital. 

The father and son duo took on the challenge, which took them six days to complete (26 – 31 March), with a group of friends in memory of Kevin’s wife of 17 years and Chris’s step mum Tracy Walsh, who sadly passed away in July 2015. 

Kevin Walsh, aged 56 of Seaton, Workington said: 

“The challenge was really inspiring and a great bonding opportunity for me and my son. At times it was tough as I suffered from altitude sickness, but the staff on the trek were absolutely great and well equipped to deal with it. They made sure you weren’t getting ahead of yourself and advised you to go ‘polly, polly’ which means slowly, slowly. Once we were at the top the views were spectacular, we were only allowed up there for 30 minutes as the temperature was so low, but it was worth every second. It’s fantastic to raise so much for organisations that were very close to Tracy’s heart.” 

Chris Walsh aged 34, originally from West Cumbria but currently based in Qatar, began the challenge by completing the 2016 Dubai Marathon on 22 January 2016, in preparation for his climb. 

Loweswater Suite, based on the Copeland Unit at the West Cumberland Hospital, provides specialist palliative and end of life care. Lorna Savage, CPFT Staff Nurse on Loweswater Suite said:

“We’re incredibly grateful for the donation and the hard work that Chris and Kevin put in, it means such a lot and will make a real difference to other patients in a similar position. The money will go towards the improvement of patient and relative’s comfort during their stay with us, and any equipment that will improve the care of the patients.”