Earlier this year I applied to take part in the challenge of a lifetime, to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free standing mountain and the tallest peak in Africa. I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected for one of the 10 places, alongside 9 amazing female colleagues from Cox Automotive!
We are embarking on this challenge to raise funds for Wooden Spoon, a Rugby based charity that does amazing work supporting disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK and Ireland.
Our challenge starts on the 24th February 2018, we will be walking up to 15 hours a day, battling altitude sickness and enduring temperatures over 20 degrees in the early stages and as low as -20 when nearing the summit! The climb and descent will take 8 days in total, those who know me well can imagine I will find the camping almost more challenging that the physical effort required!
We want to raise as much money as we can, to support and spread the message of Wooden Spoon so that they can continue changing the lives of the young people they work with every day.
A bit about Wooden Spoon:
Through the power of rugby every child and young person, no matter what their background has access to the same opportunities.
To positively transform the lives of children and young people with a disability or facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland through the power of rugby.
We are inspired by our rugby roots. Passion, Integrity, Teamwork and Fun drive everything we do.
WHO WE ARE
Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby. From sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and sports activity areas to respite, medical and community care, we fund around 70 projects each year that support disadvantaged and disabled children. Since our founding in 1983, we’ve distributed in excess of £24 million, helping over 1 million young people.
Our opportunity to complete this challenge is thanks to the Cox Automotive Women with Drive forum which is chaired by our HR Director Alison Fisher.
Women with Drive exists to celebrate the work of women in the automotive industry. It is an inclusive movement built to support female achievements, aspirations and successes, with a ‘think big’ attitude and a space for every voice.
We will continue to promote a diverse, positive workforce that has the power to inspire every member, and gives every woman the opportunity to reach her full potential.
Equality & Inclusivity
Inspiration & Empowerment
Celebration & Success
Thank you so much for taking the time to read all of this and I am hugely grateful for all donations received.
Wish me luck ,
- Milton Willis
- Paul Humphreys
- Tim Baumfield
- James Tayler
- Craig Johns
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