Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Kilimanjaro climb helps boost funds for Devon Air Ambulance Trust.
A fundraiser had an experience of a lifetime when she climbed the dizzy heights of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Katie Joyce, of Colyton, who was a healthcare assistant at Honiton Surgery and care assistant at a care home in Colyton, took part in an expedition in Tanzania to raise money for Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT).
“The climb was absolutely amazing, probably the most amazing experience of my life,” says Katie. “I feel really lucky to have had the chance to do it but there is also a great sense of achievement having completed it.
“The most memorable point has to be the summit night. After rising at 11.30pm we walked in the freezing cold and pitch black up to the top, arriving just before sunset. It was incredible. It was also the most challenging part for myself and Henrietta, the girl I was climbing with.”
The charity is a cause close to her heart as the air ambulance trust saved the life of her father after he was seriously injured in a riding accident.
So far Katie has raised more than £1,893, which includes gift aid, and added: “I feel so grateful and thankful to all my sponsors but also very proud to have raised the money for DAAT.
“The charity is really important to my family and me and it was surprisingly incredibly emotional when I did summit.”
The 22-year-old, who is now studying for a degree in medicine at the University of Warwick, says she has not ruled out doing the climb again. She is already planning her next charity challenge.