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Anna Pangbourne, Director, Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust, returns to UK after defying blizzard to reach the Kilimanjaro peak!
Posted by: Fashion & Textile Children's Trust 04 March 2019
Anna Pangbourne, Director of Pimlico-based charity the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT), has returned to the UK after conquering Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak, in inclement weather to raise money for the charity. Anna reached the summit on 17th February before starting the descent, finally returning home a week later. Anna’s entirely self-funded trip originally had a fundraising target of £5,000. But having comfortably surpassed that, with the total so far standing at £8,021, Anna now hopes to raise £10,000 for FTCT.
Anna started her training in summer 2018, when she took on her first major climb up Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest mountain. Kilimanjaro itself is challenging, even for the most experienced climbers, with temperatures falling to -7C at the peak. Anna’s group of 14 amateur climbers faced a treacherous ascent, with severe snow and wind, combined with the already challenging climb, meaning that reaching the peak was far from a foregone conclusion. Some other groups didn’t attempt the ascent on the same day due to the unfavourable conditions.
Even in more typical weather conditions, success is not guaranteed. Kilimanjaro stands at 20,000 ft, which translates to more than 128,000 steps. And even for those taking the most simple 8-day route, 15% still never reach the peak.
Speaking about the climb, and the support she has received so far, Anna said:  “As a total mountaineering novice, Kilimanjaro was undoubtedly challenging, but the lovely messages of support from so many donors just kept me going throughout the trek. If you are thinking about fundraising for FTCT, we would absolutely love to hear from you - not only can you set yourself a personal challenge, which feels great by the way, but you’re raising money for a great cause, too”.
Mike Taylor, FTCT Chair, added: “Trekking to the top of Kilimanjaro was a huge achievement by Anna and will help raise thousands of pounds for the Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust. The support we provide to children and families in the sector has never been in greater demand and we would like to urge everyone to support this fantastic cause.”
A number of organisations from across the fashion and textile industries have supported Anna so far, including the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT). Adam Mansell, CEO of UKFT, said: “UKFT wanted to get behind Anna for her climb in recognition of all the fantastic work that FTCT does for children and families in the UK fashion and textiles industry. Anna certainly went the extra mile for this one!”
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