Foster Refrigerator plant 1 and 2 manager Dean Rawnsley plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in February next year, in aid of the Breast Cancer Unit at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.
Rawnsley, who has worked at Foster for 19 years, decided to take on this challenge after being inspired by the care his wife Marie received from the hospital in 2014.
She received a breast cancer diagnosis, although happily has since made a full recovery. The couple were so moved by the care shown that they decided to raise funds for others who are facing similar circumstances.
Given his long service to the firm, Foster is sponsoring the climb, which Rawnsley will complete with his faithful stuffed companion, the ‘Trekking Penguin’.
In preparation for the expedition, he recently climbed Ben Nevis with five of his Foster colleagues. The group faced harsh conditions of rain and gusts of wind up to 40mph.
He has also been undertaking a gruelling training regime leading up to the event, including walking, running and cycling, to reach the level of fitness required for such a challenge.
Rawnsley said: “This really is a challenge but I aim, with the benefit of my Trekking Penguin, to raise £3,500 for the hospital unit.
“There is no way that I would have been able to climb Kilimanjaro without the support of Foster. They have been incredibly generous and my wife and I really do appreciate it.
“I know all of the team are behind me, and they showed that when they climbed Ben Nevis with me!
“The thought of handing over the money to the team at The Queen Elizabeth hospital will get me up there – no matter what!”
If you would like to donate to the cause, the challenge’s Just Giving page is here.