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King's alumni trek Mount Kilimanjaro

21 June 2011

Eight King’s alumni and staff of the Evelina Children’s Hospital have just set off to take part in the challenge of a lifetime trekking 19,344 feet up Mount Kilimanjaro.

The 42 staff taking part are aiming to raise vital funds for the hospital.

Having recently celebrated its fifth birthday, the Evelina continues to provide often life saving services to the children of south London and specialist services to children from all over the UK.

The trekkers' target is £400,000, primarily for the Intensive Care Unit which has gone from strength to strength since it opened five years ago but remains as busy as ever.

The team will take annual leave to take part and several hope to stay on afterwards in order to visit local hospitals.

The trek itself will be very challenging with rough terrain and extreme weather conditions. The team will be sleeping in canvas tents in makeshift camps and will be trekking on average about 10 hours a day in very high altitude with heavy day packs. Altitude sickness and blisters will be their greatest enemy but failure to reach the summit just isn’t an option and they are all 100 per cent determined to get to the top of the summit.

Taking part in the trek, Dr Frances Flinter, (Guy’s alumni, Medicine, 1982) and Consultant in Clinical Genetics said: 'We're raising money to buy much needed equipment including electronic equipment for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, incubators for the neonatal unit (including one that can be used to transport babies from other hospitals) and specialist pieces of equipment for our surgeons to use in the operating theatres.

'It’s going to be a tough but amazing experience, every pound donated will help us get nearer the summit.'

You can help them get there by sponsoring the team by visiting the Hospital Fundraising website

Find out more about the Evelina Superkids Campaign by visiting their website.

King’s alumni taking part in the trek:

  • Evelyn Sheehy, Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry (Guy’s, Dentistry, 1998)
  • Frances Flinter, Consultant Clinical Geneticist (Guy’s, Medicine, 1982)
  • Michael Champion Consultant in Paediatric Inherited Metabolic Disease (King’s, Medical Sciences & Anatomy, 1985)
  • Sarah McMurtrie, Ward Manager (King’s, Children’s Nursing, 2008)
  • Rachel Hunt, Orthopaedic Nurse (King’s, Children’s Nursing, 2001)
  • Sarah Hanna, Consultant (United Medical & Dental Schools, Medicine, 1982)
  • Sophie Broom, Staff Nurse, (King’s, Nursing Studies, 2009)
  • Sophia-Catherine Perowne, Nurse (King’s, Nursing Studies, 2010).



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