Big Issue Foundation

Kili Challenge Completed by Bournemouth Health Worker

The past 11 days have seen one of our supporters, Melissa, undertake a huge challenge in support of The Big Issue Foundation: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! Yesterday, Melissa returned from reaching the summit of Africa’s highest mountain and one of the world’s most iconic peaks. Melissa has shown fantastic support for Big Issue vendors whilst working with our Bournemouth team as part of her role for Dorset HealthCare as a Specialist Mental Health Practitioner for the Homeless – this is what inspired her to take up the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro for The Big Issue Foundation.

Melissa, Kilimanjaro The past 11 days have seen one of our supporters, Melissa, undertake a huge challenge in support of The Big Issue Foundation: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! Yesterday, Melissa returned from reaching the summit of Africa’s highest mountain and one of the world’s most iconic peaks. Melissa has shown fantastic support for Big Issue vendors whilst working with our Bournemouth team as part of her role for Dorset HealthCare as a Specialist Mental Health Practitioner for the Homeless – this is what inspired her to take up the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro for The Big Issue Foundation.

After months of dedication and hard work training, she has successfully completed the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – huge congratulations from us Melissa! You can read all about her personal story and training progress here.

Currently Melissa has raised over £3,600, which is an incredible achievement, and is still going! If you feel inspired by her story and wish to support her, you can sponsor Melissa on her fundraising page.

Feeling inspired by Melissa? You could be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro 2017, in support of The Big Issue Foundation. If you are looking for a challenge to remember for the rest of your life (we’re sure Melissa will agree!), join us from 27th September – 7th October 2017 for an 11 day trip to Tanzania, centring on a 7 day trek up to Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru summit (5895m). You can find out more about this breath-taking challenge here. For anyone feeling adventurous, this is an incredible opportunity to experience something amazing, whilst helping Big Issue vendors on their journey away from the street. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at events@bigissue.com or call us on 020 7526 3459.

Once again, huge congratulations to Melissa for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – what an achievement, and her support will make a huge difference to Big Issue vendors as they take their steps away from the streets.

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