Franco / Appeal - Mount Kilimanjaro

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Raised by 73 people in 45 months


Soldiering On Through Life ( Against All Odds Award) 2014. Nominated By Combat Stress.

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BBC Radio Surrey - Radio Interview
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Hi, my names Franco Gasparotti a former Soldier in the Coldstream Guards, now freelance health and fitness consultant / ambassador for (Combat Stress) & (The Soldiering On Through Life Trust) who are both very close to my heart after being nominated to receive the prestigious 2014 (Soldiering On Through Life Trust - (Against All Odds Award) for overcoming adversity following military service.


In 1988/89 I was seriously injured during operational service and was invilided out of the Army. I later developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in 2007 after almost dying of heart failure due to comfort eating myself to a weight of 27 stone through an eating disorder associated with (PTSD). Following my diagnosis, I set about trying to repair the damage I had caused to my body, and within 18 months Lost 17 stone and reduced my waist size from 72 to 32 inches and body fat percentage levels from 68% to 19 % through my very own personally tailored exercise & healthy eating programme.


Unfortunately, extreme weight loss leaves large areas of leftover skinfolds which require specialist skin removal surgery of which the NHS refused to fund. Over the past five years I have undergone 5 operations at a personal cost of £50,000 and now planning for my final surgical procedure which will see me undergo a 10 hour operation to remove the remaining areas of leftover skinfolds from my body. This will cost £25,000 to cover the surgery and recovery period with 3 days in ICU due to the body trauma caused by such a large procedure known as a back, bottom and inner thigh lift.

Mount Kilimanjaro - Tanzania - Africa's highest mountain standing at 5895m just short of 20,000 ft and the tallest free standing mountain on earth.

Members of our Kilimanjaro expedition team team on a 14 mile training hike in the Surrey hills as part of our ongoing preparations for the challenge awaiting us in September 2016

I plan to raise these funds by leading a a combined expedition team of men and women made up of 15 friends, clients and former soldiers I served alongside with some also sufferers of PTSD taking on the challenge in September 2016 of climbing Africa's highest mountain in Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro at a hight of 5895m the highest free standing mountain in the world. Each member of the expedition team will raise money through sponsorship whilst the kind and generous donations made through members of the public will help fund the final and most difficult leg of my journey and assist me in restoring my body to its former self due to the damage caused through combat trauma whilst serving my country on military operations.

Please Note:
Any funds raised over the amounts required to pay for surgical procedures and aftercare will be equally divided and shared between my three chosen charities shown below.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Franco Gasparotti






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Having successfully completed my fundraising task to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Myself and other members of the team will now spend the next three months collating our sponsorship donations before we can issue a statement of the combined total amounts raised.

With this in mind could I please ask those who have yet to make their donations. To kindly do so as soon as possible by logging onto my gofundme page and making a contribution no matter how big or small as your support towards my operation will be greatly appreciated.

I look forward to receiving your kind support

Franco x
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I would like to show my deepest appreciation to "Simon Dowe", as always for the incredible support you have given me over the years through my charity work and today for your most generous and kind donation of £500 towards my surgical fundraising target.

I feel very moved and humbled by such kindness and deeply appreciative of your support.

With my most sincere thanks and kindest regards

Franco
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Thank you to those who have sponsored me whilst I was away and those who have contributed since my return. I will leave my gofundme page active for three months and could I please ask those who have pledged their support to kindly do so as soon as possible as my task of successfully climbing Mount Kilimanjaro has now been achieved when I summited its highest point Uhuru Peak at 5895m on Thursday 6th Oct 2016 at 05:30hrs.

Thank you for your support

Franco
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Thank you to Tony Heal for your very kind donation which is gratefully appreciated my dear friend.

Thank you

Franco
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Mick Buttery
44 months ago

To know what you went through and to have the priviledge of doing Adrian Wall challenge a few years back i can put my hand on my heart and say "A true Coldstreamer ", to see your journey and what you have had to endure mentally and physically and not to mention the emotional side of it all. You are an inspiration to us all and all that are going through hardships in life.No matter where and what you do in life mate you will allways have the doubters,wasters and wanna be`s. Stay strong mate and remember TRUE friends care Franco

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Jon Denial
26 months ago

Every bit helps !

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Anonymous
28 months ago
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29 months ago
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Jeremy Shepherd
29 months ago

Go Team Franco! Best of luck to all of you boys and girls tackling Kili - a fantastic effort for a fantastic cause.

Mick Buttery
44 months ago

To know what you went through and to have the priviledge of doing Adrian Wall challenge a few years back i can put my hand on my heart and say "A true Coldstreamer ", to see your journey and what you have had to endure mentally and physically and not to mention the emotional side of it all. You are an inspiration to us all and all that are going through hardships in life.No matter where and what you do in life mate you will allways have the doubters,wasters and wanna be`s. Stay strong mate and remember TRUE friends care Franco

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