Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro for Stick ‘n’ Step

Two friends, who took on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, have smashed their fundraising target and raised over £13,900 for cerebral palsy charity Stick ‘n’ Step.

Gavin Hepburn, from Culcheth, and Debs Ainscough, who lives in Altrincham, took on the challenge last month, with the aim of raising £10,000. Gavin’s youngest daughter, Amy, aged 12, has cerebral palsy and attends Stick ‘n’ Step’s centre in Runcorn for regular conductive education sessions.

Commenting on the friends’ achievement, Stick ‘n’ Step’s Community Fundraiser, Rhianna McDermott, said, “We are all in awe of the challenge that Gavin and Debs undertook and so grateful to them for their hard work, grit and commitment.

“We don’t receive any government funding and so we rely solely on donations and fundraising efforts of wonderful people like Gavin and Debs in order to provide our services to families across the region.”

Gavin & Debs’ Just Giving page can be found here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/DebandGavin

To find out more about Stick ‘n’ Step’s fundraising events and how you can get involved, go to https://www.sticknstep.org/events

Stick ‘n’ Step provides free weekly conductive education sessions to children and young people with cerebral palsy up to the age of 25, allowing them to gain the skills they need to live more independent lives. 

The charity relies on supporters and volunteers to help raise the £750,000 required to deliver its services to over 100 families each year at its Wallasey and Runcorn centres. Find out more about the charity by visiting www.sticknstep.org

Image: Debs (far left) and Gavin (far right), along with some children and staff from Stick ‘n’ Step.

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