Local woman hopes to reach her peak with charity climb on Kilimanjaro
A Plymouth woman will push her endurance to the test next month by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for a charity that is helping her sister’s family stay together while her nephew is seriously-ill.
Nicola Franklin, 31, has so far raised over £4,500 for Ronald McDonald House Charities, an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families with children in hospital.
Nicola’s sister Lisa and brother-in-law Ben were first given a place to stay at the Charity’s House in Manchester, one of 14 Houses in the UK, when their baby son Dylan was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2014.
The couple were staying with Ben’s family in Burnley over Christmas when they were told that Dylan would need to have treatment at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, over 200 miles from their home in Aldershot, Hampshire.
Ben and Lisa were able to stay at Ronald McDonald House Manchester for four months while Dylan was poorly in hospital in early 2015 and have unfortunately had to return as Dylan relapsed in August. This return to the House has also brought new challenges for the family as Lisa was pregnant at the time and recently gave birth to the couple’s second child, Florence.
Nicola wants to thank Ronald McDonald House Charities for the support it has provided to Lisa and Ben and has been training hard to complete the challenging climb which will see her travel to Tanzania on Friday 5 February 2016.
She says: “I have seen first-hand how much pressure has been taken off my sister by being given a free place to stay at the House, particularly while she was pregnant. I wanted to show our thanks by doing something that really pushed me out of my comfort zone and thought what could be more challenging than climbing the world’s highest free-standing mountain?”
“It will be a really tough seven days but I know that it will all be worth it when I reach the summit and think about the families that will be able to stay close to their children in hospital. I would also like to thank everyone that has sponsored and supported me at various fundraising events in the run-up to this adventure, their generosity has meant so much.”
Nicola’s progress can be followed on her dedicated Twitter feed @nicclimbsmkili or Facebook page www.facebook.com/nicolaclimbsmountkili/ and donations can be made on www.justgiving.com/NicolaFranklin-climbsmountkili/8 or by texting MJMK68 plus an amount to 70070.
To find out more about Ronald McDonald House Charities and how to support the charity directly visit www.rmhc.org.uk
For further information please contact:
Francesca Seabourne, Third Sector PR
T. 020 7922 7720 M. 07944 190 674 E. firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
1. Picture captions:
Picture 1. Nicola Franklin with nephew Dylan.
Picture 2. Nicola Franklin celebrates reaching the summit of Ben Nevis during training for the Kilimanjaro climb
2. More pictures and people to interview are available through Francesca Seabourne using the contact details above.
3. Ronald McDonald House Manchester is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities - an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. The Charity enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.
There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2014 they helped support over 6,000 families with children in hospital. In 2014 Ronald McDonald House Manchester helped 792 families stay close to their children in hospital.
Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.
The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years.