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John will go to great heights to tick something off his Life List!

One of our amazing supporters will ‘Do Something Great’ for St Oswald’s this year, by climbing one of the world's most iconic volcanoes.

John Farrington, from Jesmond, is in his 70’s and taking on the ultimate challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise money for St Oswald’s and tick the challenge off of his ‘Life List’. John’s wife, Anne, received care at the hospice before she died in February 2016. John wants to embark on the eight day trek as a way to remember Anne, and thank us for the care and support we provided to them both.

John explains:


“I’m a keen walker and wanted to do something in Anne’s memory, so after doing a bit of research, the trek sounded like the right challenge for me.

“Anne was cared for on St Oswald’s Inpatient Unit during the two and a half weeks before she died. It was a great relief when we knew that Anne could spend her final days at the Hospice. We knew that she would be comfortable and for us as a family we could spend time with her, while St Oswald’s took responsibility for the care.” 

“Places like St Oswald’s are so important, which is why I decided to climb Kilimanjaro for the Hospice. Once you get older you realise that time is running out, and saying you’ll do something in 5 to 10 years from now is a thing of the past so I wanted to do this while I’m still able to.”


If you would like to donate to John’s trek, or follow his progress, visit his Just Giving page

Has John  inspired you  to make 2017 the year you achieve something great? Our ‘Life List' campaign can help you do just that. The Life List asks supporters what challenge or adventure they have always meant to do but never got round to organising and helps you to make it happen. Your fundraising through sponsorship will help to support St Oswald’s, meaning you can donate to a vital cause along with making your own ambition a reality.

We offer everything from runs, cycles, climbs, swims as well as other less physical challenges. The full range of activities on offer and more information is available here