Hi everyone, Anna here. 

In just over a week I’ll be on my way to Kilimanjaro, taking on the trip of a lifetime to scale Africa’s tallest peak. The planning has been a long time coming, so I can’t wait to get on the plane and begin the adventure!

As many of you will know, I’m taking on this challenge to raise money for the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust – a charity that means so much to me, and hopefully to you too!

Over the past six months I’ve been doing training climbs in Scotland, a lot of walking, had all the vaccinations and done plenty of altitude training. This has of course been combined with lots of fundraising, and I’m delighted to have reached my original £5,000 target already! However, every penny counts and the more we raise, the more families we can reach. So if you would like to help that total get even higher, you can do so here.

Representing FTCT on one of my Scottish training climbs

There’s definitely a sense of great personal pride in taking on a challenge as big as this, so I’m really looking forward to standing at the summit and taking stock of it all. I know I’ll be shattered (I’m not an experienced mountain walker, far from it) but holding an FTCT flag at the summit of one of the world’s greatest mountains, thinking about all the families who will benefit from the money people have so generously donated to the cause, will be a moment I’m sure I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

We’re really over the moon to have attracted some media interest about the climb over the last few weeks, as I was keen to get the word out to as many people as possible about my fundraising trip. I’ve been delighted to be invited on to London Live TV and BBC Radio Leicester to talk a little more about it. You can watch the London Live clip here and the audio of myself and Helen, one of the brilliant parents we have supported, here.

Just some of the kit I’ll be carrying up the mountain with me

As I reach the last leg of my preparations, I just want to thank the many wonderful people who have helped me so far – both through messages of encouragement and donations. It really does mean so much, and when I’ve been walking 12 miles through the rain on a bleak Sunday morning, it makes it all worth it! I’ll be thinking of you all as I start the big climb itself, and I’ll be back in touch in February to let you know how I got on!

If you would like to support me or read more about my journey so far, you can do so here

You can also help by organising fundraising events in your workplace. If you would like to know more about this, and how we can help you to help us, please ring 0300 123 9002 and speak to Janet. 

Thank you

Anna Pangbourne
Director, Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust