Andy Griffiths has just returned from climbing Kilimanjaro to raise money for Epilepsy Research UK. He says,
“Climbing Kilimanjaro had always been a dream of mine. I wanted to do a real challenge, a challenge that not many people ever get the chance to do. The whole experience was a rollercoaster, right from the start with fundraising, training, buying all the necessary equipment to reaching that summit! It has been by far one of my greatest achievements but also the hardest thing I have ever done! Nothing prepares you for the last push for the summit. The first 5 days were difficult but enjoyable, trekking through rainforest, alpine desert and rocky terrain, but as that final stretch approaches you are exhausted, hungry and extremely cold; battling against temperatures of minus 22 with the wind chill, the only thing that kept me going, besides sheer adrenaline, was the thought of everyone who had supported me through sponsors, attending events, buying raffle tickets and generally getting behind me to raise awareness for epilepsy.
I chose this charity as it is a cause incredibly close to my heart. My beautiful niece, Poppy-Scarlett has Dravets Syndrome which is a rare and severe form of epilepsy. She has had to battle all her life with this and suffers almost every kind of seizure. This condition has also effected her in numerous other ways too; she has severe learning difficulties, problems with balance and is also autistic. Despite all of this, she is still the happiest, funniest little 7 year old girl you are likely to meet! It is down to charities such as ERUK, that we still have Poppy with us today. Every day she takes numerous drugs which help keep her seizures under control, without research into epilepsy, none of these drugs would be available. It has taken years to find the right mixture of drugs for Poppy and the more research we do the better those life saving medicines can be. “
Andy self funded his trip, so every penny raised will go direct to Epilepsy Research UK, and our thanks go to Andy and all of his sponsors for their fantastic support.