Kids Planet CEO, Clare Roberts, has successfully completed her mission after setting out on 12th March with a group of local women to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Warrington Youth Zone.
We asked Clare some pressing questions, see what she had to say:
What was it like climbing Mt Kili?
It was amazing, it was something totally different to anything else I have done before. Not only was it trekking for 7 days and sleeping in a tent on a volcano for 6 nights. It was tiring at times as it’s difficult to explain how exhausted you feel doing the simplest tasks and being out of breath with the altitude.
It was amazing experiencing the different culture, scenery and being really remote from the rest of the world.
It is something I have always wanted to do and was incredibly proud that the group of us all achieved and made the summit.
What were your highest and lowest points?
The high was definitely reaching the summit after climbing up for 6 hours and across for 2. It was an amazing sense of achievement. The lowest point was our tent leaking one night during torrential rain but our guides and support team sorted it our for us.
Do you feel proud of yourself and the team and if so can you give examples of how you all helped each other?
We all felt tremendously proud that we all reached the summit and we definitely worked as a team as people struggled at different times with the altitude and tiredness and also being away from their families. We all laughed a lot and definitely good spirits and humour inspired us all to keep going together.
How do you feel about all the support you have received from head office, training and nursery staff?
It’s been amazing the support everyone has shown. Having our business based in Warrington I feel really passionately about giving back to the young people of Warrington. Everyone has contributed and I’ve been really touched by their fundraising and their support it has been amazing.
What do you hope for the future of Warrington Youth Zone/ what will the money raised do for this great cause?
It will enable the young people to have a safe place to go with some amazing new facilities. Their new head quarters is in Warrington town centre right near our first nursery. It has been amazing to see this as part of the regeneration of Warrington which has been going on for the last 15 years. The facility does amazing work with the young people it engages with and the money will help support some of this.
With the summit now complete, the Kids Planet group is keen to keep raising money for the cause and support the troops efforts. There have been lots of events ongoing, and our nurseries efforts have helped raise over £2,300. Many of the nurseries, head office and the training academy team from across the whole of the UK have been taking part in activities and events, included explorer weeks, sports days, keeping fit week, baking, and much more. The total raised so far on the expeditions fundraising Just Giving Page is £24,019. To donate to the Warrington Youth Zone, please follow link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/WYZKili