John Hoare, a Devon supporter, is all set to complete a virtual Kilimanjaro climb over eight days around his home.
John said: “I had intended doing Kilimanjaro after I retired in 2015, but unfortunately 3 months before my retirement I broke my ankle. Last year I received an email from Dream Challenges inviting me to climb Kilimanjaro setting off on September 2. That being my 70th birthday, I felt I had to give it a go.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s unlikely that the hike will go ahead. John was unwilling to let that stop him and decided to recreate the Kilimanjaro climb at home. Starting on April 27, John will cover the same daily distance and altitude as in the challenge’s itinerary. Overall, he’ll walk 52 miles and climb 2,344 metres.
He plans to complete this trek by walking the lanes around his home, topping up the required distance by doing laps of his garden and climbing lots of stairs. Each night, he’ll sleep under a canvas to fully recreate the experience.
John’s wife, Liz, is chair of the Devon committee. The couple have supported the charity for many years.
John added: “Marrying into a farming family who have always supported R.A.B.I and Liz having been an R.A.B.I Welfare Officer for many years, I am well aware of the hardship many in the farming industry have to deal with. Therefore, R.A.B.I was my first choice for fundraising.”
To make a donation to John’s cause, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/John-Hoare2