Climbing the heights for our hospice

A former Warmsworth man is going to scale the heights to reach the top of Africa’s highest mountain to raise money for our Balby-based hospice.

Matt Watson, now of Sheffield, decided to do the feat to say ‘thank you’ to St John’s Hospice for the care they gave his work colleague who was cared for at the hospice as he battled a brain tumour.

Matt will travel to Tanzania in October to take part in an eight day trek, where he will ascend to the summit of Kilimanjaro

At 5,895 meters , or just over three-and-a-half miles,  above sea level, Kilimanjaro is the  highest free standing mountain in the world.

Matt said: “I love hiking and climbing mountains, having done this in various weathers, but Kilimanjaro is a very different beast. Going without a shower for over a week will test me, not to mention the altitude, which will push me to unknown limits. I am under no illusion and realise this will be a massive undertaking.”

“I’m raising money for St John’s Hospice at Doncaster in recognition of the outstanding work they do. This is in memory of my work colleague who was cared for there.”

Chris Smith, of our hospice fundraising team, said: “What an amazing feat!  We want to thank Matt for doing this for us. Every penny Matt raises will go towards caring for our patients.”

Anyone wanting to sponsor Matt can visit:

Matt is pictured centre surrounded by hospice staff.