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Brains Kilimanjaro trekkers raise over £10,000

Brains staff have helped to raise an incredible £105,000 for Tenovus Cancer Care by trekking the highest mountain in Africa.

Twenty four supporters took part in the massive fundraising activity that saw travel over 6000 miles to Tanzania and then climb the 5,895 metres to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The challengers trekked for five days and on summit night, they walked for almost 12 hours in -15 degrees, 20mph winds and a snow blizzard - the worst weather Kili has seen in years.

They walked over 40 kilometres and raised £105,000 which will go towards helping those affected by cancer.

Wales’ leading cancer charity brings treatment, emotional support and practical advice to where it matters most; the heart of the community and through challenge events like this one, Tenovus Cancer Care can continue helping cancer patients and their loved ones.

Three Brains employees took part; Barry Thomas from Rhondda, Sam Gardiner from Penarth and Danny Field-Thomas from Cardiff. Between them they raised £10,637.

Mhairi Jones, Running and Challenge Events Manager at Tenovus Cancer Care, joined the team for the epic challenge and is so proud of what everyone achieved. “It was an incredibly emotional moment to see the Brains guys reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. We’re so grateful to them, and everyone in the team, for taking on this monumental challenge!

“Twenty three out of the 24 trekkers managed to reach the summit and stand on the roof of Africa. This is a fantastic success rate and just goes to show what a close, determined group we were! The mountain threw a lot of challenges our way but despite it all, we did it – we conquered Kili at its absolute worst and I couldn’t be more proud of our team!"

Tenovus Cancer Care will be holding another Kilimanjaro trek in 2017 for those who missed out in 2016. To find out more, visit their website: http://www.tenovuscancercare.org.uk/kilitrek2017

If you or someone you love has been affected by cancer, Tenovus Cancer Care can offer help and support. The Tenovus Cancer Care free Support Line is open 365 days a year from 8am-8pm. Call them on 0808 808 1010.

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