3/3/2010 11:56:00 AM
Phones 4u charity trek raises £65,000
A team of 38 people from Phones 4u, the Ellis Harriet Clark
Foundation and BlackBerry has raised £65,000 so far, through its
charity trek up Mount Kilimanjaro in February.
The trek raised money for the Ellis Harriet Clark Foundation,
which supports two charities that help young people - The Teenage
Cancer Trust and The Bone Cancer Trust. Phones 4u is aiming to
raise £250,000 for the charity.
Tom Shorton, operations and HR director at Phones 4u said: 'Well,
we made it. We trekked and trekked and ate soup until we couldn't
face it anymore.'
Chris Lawton, Phones 4u's quality control analyst, said: 'To be
honest, I'm really missing being there and can't seem to get back
into work/life over here. Having had a few days to reflect, I
would do it again in a heartbeat.'
Of the 38 who went on the trek, 28 made it to the very top - the
5,896m high Uhuru Peak. The 10 that didn't make it only stopped
because they were hit by severe altitude sickness or were
otherwise unwell. Despite their illness, they reported that they
still thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The fundraising is continuing after the trek and the participants
are busy chasing pledges that were made before they set