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Worthing duo aiming to raise £10,000 with charity climb

06 May 2016

Two South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) members of staff from Worthing are bidding to raise £10,000 for two local charities by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya next year.

MountainsParamedic Carley Gould and ambulance technician Tammy Page are looking for support from the community for a task that will test both their mental and physical capability over 10 days, in July 2017, climbing to Uhuru Point, the peak of the mountain at a colossal 5,895 metres.

With just a year to prepare, their training has already started on the local South Downs. The pair also recently completed a training week in North Wales, climbing Mount Tryfan as well as the neighbouring climb of Mount Snowdon.

“We had quite a welcome to Wales when our tent was demolished by 90mph winds on our first night,” said 34-year-old Tammy. “It meant we had to buy a new tent but fortunately the weather then relented and we had glorious weather for our climb of Snowdon.”

Tammy and 32-year-old paramedic Carley work together as colleagues and have also become close friends. Their chosen charities are Chestnut Tree House and St Barnabas House in Sussex. Their work for SECAmb means they have close contact with both patients and families alike who need the extensive services of the two charities.

Tammy added: “We see the invaluable comfort and care they provide. Over the years we have built some great relationships with the staff at these units and have been honoured to assist in palliative care. They have, in our eyes, become essential for end-of-life support. St Barnabas is special for me as I have had a couple of relatives cared for in their finals days there and they do wonderful work.”

Both are voluntary organisations which rely heavily on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex. Chestnut Tree House treat, support, and care for all children with life limiting disabilities.

Since 1973 St Barnabas House remains the primary centre in Worthing for adults with cancer and other life changing illnesses. They offer continued help and support from for symptom management, respite care, or end of life.

Anyone interested in finding out more or donating in support of their efforts can visit their Just Giving pages at www.justgiving.com/CarleyGould13 and www.justgiving.com/Tammy-page.

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