Maria-Pilar Berges-Miguel Dear Family, Friends & colleagues,

Richard House and Haven House Children’s Hospices supports families in London whose children and young adults are at risk of death from a life-limiting health condition.

From the moment a child is diagnosed with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, everything changes. And these changes affect the whole family. Children can have profound multiple disabilities, be vulnerable to health complications and face distressing and sometimes painful treatment. Families face these daily struggles against the backdrop of a difficult reality- that their child will not live to adulthood. They offer specialized clinical care, respite breaks, art, music and play therapy, fun days out and end-of-life care - supporting children and families through their journey from life to death to ensure that it is positive and dignified.

For this reason I decided to fundraise for them to improve their lives and I want to convince myself that anything is possible if you are determined.
I will be climbing for 7 days Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with my Citi colleagues. Climbing Kilimanjaro is going to be the hardest challenge that I’ve ever had. Sure it’s not easy to reach 5895 meters but I Know I can do it with your support.

My challenge will start the 29th of June to 9th of July. You can see the itinerary below.

• DAY 3 MTI MKUBWA 2780m 3-5 HRS TREKKING
After breakfast we transfer to the west of the park at 1,981m and begin trekking along a pristine route through the Lemosho Glades. Eventually we reach our camp at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree Camp).

• DAY 4 SHIRA CAMP 3505m 7-9 HRS TREKKING
This morning we begin our first full day trekking, where we will gain over 700m in height. A slow and steady ascent allows for our bodies to acclimatise to the higher altitude as we cross the Shira plateau. Tonight we camp at Shira 1.

• DAY 5 BARRANCO CAMP 3972m 6-7 HRS TREKKING
Trekking east across beautiful barren moonlike landscape we reach Lava Tower for lunch. We then descend through the surrounding ravines to reach our camp late in the afternoon. This descent aids our acclimatisation to the ever changing altitude.

• DAY 6 KARANGA VALLEY 4002m 5-6 HRS TREKKING
Today we climb the Barranco Wall, where at the top we are rewarded with fantastic views of Mount Meru and the surrounding valleys below. We then head onwards to Karanga Camp where we enjoy an afternoon walk followed by an early night!

• DAY 7 BARAFU CAMP 4600m 5-6 HRS TREKKING
We have a tough ascent to Barafu Camp and after arriving, we continue with an acclimatisation walk to get our bodies used to the altitude. After an early dinner we rest as much as possible before waking just before midnight to begin the ascent to the summit.

• DAY 8 SUMMIT DAY 5895m 12-14 HRS TREKKING
By torchlight we have a tough climb for about 6 hours to reach Stella Point at the crater rim before our final traverse to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the African Continent, at 5895m. The morning sunlight provides spectacular views across the plains below and to Mt Meru in the distance. We have a tough descent back down to Barafu camp where we stop for breakfast before continuing on to Millennium Camp.

• DAY 9 MOSHI 5-6 HRS TREKKING
After breakfast we continue our descent to Mweka Gate. A short bus transfer takes us to our hotel in Moshi, where we rest before celebrating our fantastic achievements!

Please support this good cause by donating whatever you can. Every penny counts :-).

I will see you on the top :-)!

Many thanks for your support,

Pilar Berges Maria-Pilar Berges-Miguel