Jane Riach, mother of a pupil at Camphill School Aberdeen, is setting her sights on reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro this summer to raise money for a new Therapy Centre at the school.
Jane, who lived in Zimbabwe until she moved to the UK nine years ago, will be climbing Kilimanjaro – described as the world’s highest free-standing mountain – with three friends. They plan to set off on July 21 and take a week to make the summit.
So far, Jane, from Banchory, has smashed her £1,500 target amassing more than £2,100 in sponsorship for the therapy centre appeal.
Jane explains her reasons for undertaking such a challenging fundraising effort:
“This project is very close to my heart, as my youngest daughter Lauren attends Camphill School Aberdeen.
“Camphill School Aberdeen is an absolute godsend for families who have children with special needs. I have peace-of-mind knowing that Lauren is in such a caring place with such wonderful people. When Lauren is at the school I can focus on my other two children and appreciate the time we have with Lauren even more.”
“I have seen Lauren blossom in her own little happy way. She senses that she is loved and cared for, and this helps with her slow but steady progress. The patience and commitment that the co-workers in the community provide, has given Lauren and my family a lifeline, and a reassurance of hope and comfort.”
Work has started earlier this year on the £305,000 therapy centre on the school's Camphill Campus in Milltimber. It is due to open in July as part of the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of Camphill's foundation in Aberdeen. From the original community for children with special needs at Camphill House, Camphill has grown to a worldwide movement with 100 centres and 10,000 people in 23 countries.
Kilimanjaro is described as the world's highest free-standing mountain and Africa's biggest at 5,895 metres (19,341 feet). Climbing it takes six to seven days and, apart from the rigours of the climb, most people suffer some degree of altitude sickness.
• Jane Riach’s fundraising effort is on JustGiving.com