Geoff vs Kilimanjaro

Geoff Ward is ready to climb Africa’s highest mountain for children’s hospice

Postman Geoffrey Ward says completing the Three Peaks Challenge with friends last year means he is ‘already tired’ but ready, as he gears up to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for Demelza Hospice Care for children in South East London.

Geoff was hesitant about completing the Three Peaks Challenge – not only did it sound like exceptionally hard work, but he was concerned that he’d ‘muck it up’ for charity.

Fast forward and Geoff is planning to hike up the world’s tallest free-standing mountain… providing Covid-19 restrictions ease.

‘Initially I thought it was going to be far too much training for me, but the more I thought about it, I thought – what’s the worst that can happen?’ he says.

‘I’m very lucky, and for me to walk up a mountain – well, if I can do that for people, especially for kids, then it’s about giving back. I almost feel like it’s my duty now that I’ve signed up.’

Geoff’s no-frills, down-to-earth attitude is inspirational.  

‘It’s not as simple as one foot in front of the other, but just because you think you can’t do it – that’s the very reason you should have a go,’ he says.

‘I thought this was a thing other people did – it would be too hard or there would be someone saying you can’t do it. But once I completed The Three Peaks Challenge, I thought, Everest is a bit too far off, but little steps and you can climb Kilimanjaro.

‘The reward you get from doing stuff like this definitely outweighs any hesitations you might have once had.’ 

Click here if you would like to donate towards Geoff’s cause. 

Good luck, Geoff!

6 Apr 2021