Mt Kil­i­man­jaro climb – in fond me­mory of mum

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AKEEN climber is tak­ing on Africa’s high­est moun­tain to raise thou­sands of pounds for The Clat­ter­bridge Can­cer Char­ity.

Colin Vose, from Crosby, will take on the might of Mount Kil­i­man­jaro next week.

Colin, 55, hopes to as­cend the 5,895 me­tre moun­tain in five days as a way of say­ing thank-you to staff at The Clat­ter­bridge Can­cer Cen­tre in Wir­ral who treated his late mum, and to help other peo­ple with can­cer.

He will make the climb with daugh­ter Kate, 24, and can’t wait to get started.

Colin said: “I have cho­sen the Clat­ter­bridge Can­cer Char­ity as they looked after my mother Philom­ena when she was di­ag­nosed with lung can­cer.

“They of­fered sup­port and pro­fes­sion­al­ism when we needed it most. De­spite the grav­ity of her di­ag­no­sis and how de­spon­dent we felt at the time, the whole ex­pe­ri­ence of Clat­ter­bridge was so up­lift­ing.

“I will never for­get the first time we ar­rived for her ra­dio­ther­apy, the re­cep­tion­ist came over to us and said ‘Mrs Vose, I have been re­ally look­ing for­ward to meet­ing you’.

“Her con­sul­tant was so help­ful. I had a ques­tion for him one day and he took the time to call me in the evening.

“After ev­ery­thing the staff did I felt they de­served some­thing back.

Colin, a keen moun­taineer, has been train­ing in the Alps re­cently but says he knows the al­ti­tude will be the big­gest chal­lenge when he gets to Africa.

“It is hard to know how it will af­fect you be­fore you get there but we have pre­pared as well as we can,” he said.

Mark Parkin­son, events man­ager for The Clat­ter­bridge Can­cer Char­ity, said: “Colin is tak­ing on a mas­sive chal­lenge. Climb­ing any moun­tain is a ma­jor achievement but Kil­i­man­jaro is some­thing very unique.

“We are very grate­ful to Colin and ev­ery­one who does ex­tra­or­di­nary things to help trans­form can­cer care.”

Clat­ter­bridge Can­cer Char­ity is work­ing to raise £15m to­wards the con­struc­tion of a new spe­cial­ist hos­pi­tal in Liver­pool city cen­tre and im­prove­ments to the Wir­ral site.

To take part in a fundrais­ing chal­lenge, see www.clat­ter­bridgecc.nhs. uk

To spon­sor Colin see www.just­giv­­ing/colin-vose

Colin Vose with daugh­ter Kate: they head to Kil­i­man­jaro, right, next week

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