Why are we putting ourselves through this?

George Mallory was asked the same question by the New York Times in 1923 in relation to his summit attempts of Everest, his response ‘Because it’s there’ has become synonymous with British explorers and adventurers. 

We’re not quite in Mallory’s league but we too have our reasons and below you will find a brief profile of each of our party, their reasons for taking on this challenge and who they are fundraising for. Please support us by clicking on our fundraising links and donating whatever you can afford.


Chris & Elaine GOODMAN

We are once again embarking on an adventure for charity.  After successfully raising over £8,000 for Chestnut Tree House last year on our Great Wall of China Trek, we are taking on a far tougher challenge.

On the 1st October we will begin our trip, the aim, to trek up and summit Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa and tallest free standing mountain in the world.

On this occasion we are raising money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice who looked after Elaine's dad. St Wilfrid’s made the last few weeks of Brian’s life as comfortable as possible and enabled the family to spend precious time with him.  We will be forever grateful to the staff at St Wilfrid’s and we hope that the money raised will go to helping them provide services to other families who need their support.  

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A crazy adventure is calling us again!

After our successful trek in China last year we have decided to take 10 days out of our lives to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in October 2016. The mountain that stands at 5,895m is considered difficult for climbers because of the different climatic zones your encounter and altitude sickness that affects majority of climbers. But fear no more. We are going to participate in this challenging adventure, because we want to raise money for a very special charity.

This special charity is Chestnut Tree House  and it is the only children’s hospice in Sussex. Chestnut Tree House is a very special place for us and vital to the hundreds of families it reaches and helps each year. It costs £6,850 to pay for each day’s care at Chestnut Tree House. We have been supporting them for many years and we would like to ask you to kindly support us by sponsoring this unique fundraising and you can do so by donating to our Just Giving page.

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Seb birch

Time to try something different………Sport and exercise has always been a huge part of my life since I was young. I played tennis for my local club in my teens and hockey for Sussex under 21’s. As I got older I moved more into mixed martial arts and developing my gym work and weight training. That said, I will be 36 by the time we embark on this adventure and with failing joints it will be nothing short of probably the biggest challenge of my life as no amount of looking at yourself lifting weights in front of the mirror in the gym can prepare you for the gruelling task of climbing the highest freestanding mountain in the world with altitude sickness lurking at every corner.

I will be raising money for St. Wilfrid's Hospice who do fantastic work. They looked after my dad in his final days when he died earlier this year

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Keeping trim and fit used to be easy in my days as a dancer but a few desk jobs and 3 kids later it’s a lot harder! In an effort to keep elasticated waist bands at bay I work out once a week and attend an adult ballet class which I find great for both body and soul.

I hatched a plan to attempt to climb Mt Kilimanjaro a few years ago but my new catering business ‘The Gourmet Chef’ gathered speed fast and plans got shelved. When I heard about this trip I knew it was my chance to have a go. It will be a massive personal challenge but I’m also hoping to make my family proud and show them whilst good at French plaits, remembering school kit, doing laundry and making spag bol, Mum can also have the odd adventure too!

With the children at the forefront of my mind, I’m raising money for Chestnut Tree House, a Sussex based hospice for children and young adults aged 0 – 19 years of age. Their goal is to provide the best quality of life for children, young people and their families, and to offer practical, social and spiritual support throughout each child’s life, however short it may be.

Please give what you can.

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All my life I have been into physical activities and in 2011 I ran the Brighton Marathon for Teenage Cancer Trust.  It's a charity close to my heart as my older brother Kevin had Hodgkin's Lymphoma in his early 20’s which he overcame.

Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the 7 young people aged between 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. They build specialist units within NHS hospitals bringing young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them.

Being physically fit, into the outdoors, and never one to shirk a challenge I have made the crazy decision to undertake the biggest challenge of my life and as part of a great team, climb Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and tallest free standing mountain in the world.

As I am typing this it is sounding even more ridiculous so please do your bit and support me to raise money once again for Teenage Cancer Trust, a great charity that do truly wonderful things. Whatever you can donate, big or small, it all helps.

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When Chris (Goodman) our tour leader first mentioned the possibility of climbing Kilimanjaro I jumped at the chance as it has always been something I really wanted to do and I knew my eldest son James felt the same.

I was part of one of the early Trek China expeditions in 1998 which was a fantastic experience and since that time James, who was only 10 years old then has become an experienced climber and mountaineer. I will try to keep up with him!!

We have both always wanted to do something like this together and meet new friends and raise money for a charity very close to our hearts - Ronald McDonald House, Guys and St Thomas' Hospital, London. James' younger brother Alex, who is a thriving 24 year-old now, was hospitalised at guys for the first 6 months of his life with a rare heart defect. He was so seriously ill that he was christened at the hospital but thankfully he pulled through. We and all our family will be forever eternally grateful to RMH Guys for the support and accommodation provided for us over that period. We do not know what we would have done without it.

We hope to raise money for the charity from our climb and ensure that other families like ours can continue to benefit from the support provided.

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Sally Bliss

I've always enjoyed the outdoors, taking on many challenges when younger including 16 years serving in the Territorial Army.  More recently life has been full of different opportunities, juggling growing our businesses alongside bringing up our young family.  

I'm delighted to be joining the team taking on this once in a lifetime challenge.  The first part of which for me is getting some fitness back to give myself the greatest chance of reaching the summit.

In making this undertaking I will be asking friends and family for support to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.  This is something very close to my own heart as a number of my immediate family have undergone treatment for heart related conditions, so I would like to be able to give something back.  Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer and I hope with your support to be able to help them continue their life saving research. Every pound raised will help make a massive difference to people's lives so if you can please make a donation I will give it my all to get to the top!

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