Glossop woman to climb Kilimanjaro for charity
Thursday 14th April 2016 11:48 News Posted by Adam Higgins

A Glossop woman is braving the elements to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of three charities. 

Geraldine Barlow, who works at Tesco Glossop, will trek 19,300ft up the mountain in east Africa on September 15, to raise money for Tesco Charity Partnership, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation.

She is currently training hard and has already reached her initial target of £1,000 after setting up a Just Giving page and several fundraisers – the first of which was a bag packing event recently which raised a fantastic £715.

Geraldine, 30, told the Chronicle: “I don’t normally do outdoor walking but I’ve been getting out and about in the hills. It’s been a shock to the system – I’ve been walking up Kinder Scout and along the Pennine Way dropping down to Glossop which is calculated at 14km.

“I’m also going to Snowdon at the end of this month and hopefully a Three Peaks Challenge in July so I can get used to walking with a backpack and the kit.

“I couldn’t believe how well the first fundraiser went and thank everyone who took part.”

Geraldine Barlow and her Tesco support team

Support: Geraldine has been assisted in her fundraising effort by friends and colleagues

Geraldine decided to do something to support the charities as heart problems run in her family – following the death of her grandma and her uncle being fitted with a pacemaker.

She said: “I was sat at home one day and decided to challenge myself and lose a bit of weight. I thought that Kilimanjaro would be the perfect idea. So I looked up companies that organise the treks and sorted it.

“I’m not climbing with anyone I know, but four other people who I’ve not met before. We talk about our training on a Facebook page we set up – some of them have done mountain climbing so they are ahead of me. I’ll be flying from Manchester to Heathrow, then to Nairobi and Kilimanjaro.”

Geraldine is now hoping to double her target to £2,000 .

Geraldine is raffling off a hamper in store and is trying to set up a treadmill at Tesco to trek the equivalent height of Kilimanjaro.

To donate, visit Geraldine’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Geraldinebarlow. You can also follow Geraldine at www.facebook.com/Gez-Treks-Kili and @GezTreksKili on Twitter.

By Adam Higgins