Doncaster duo aiming high with plans for African epic mountain trek

Hayley Mayes, business manager at Halifax Doncaster with Claire Southern, branch manager at Halifax Armthorpe, with Fern the Squirrel from Bluebell Wood as they are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Picture: Andrew Roe
Hayley Mayes, business manager at Halifax Doncaster with Claire Southern, branch manager at Halifax Armthorpe, with Fern the Squirrel from Bluebell Wood as they are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Two friends who are planning to climb Africa’s highest mountain for charity are nearly half way towards reaching their fundraising total.

Hayley Mayes, 35, of Partridge Road in Barnby Dun, and Claire Southern, 32, of Green Lane in Scawthorpe, are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

The duo chose to support the charity as a thank you for the care staff provided to a child of a friend who died at the Dinnington-based facility in 2009.

The two workmates have already raised £ £4,338 towards their £10, 000 total - and are urging the Doncaster community to get behind them ahead of the challenge in September.

Mrs Mayes, a business manager at the St. Sepulchre Gate branch of the Halifax bank, said: “We have been amazed by how much support we have received and we hoe it continues.

“We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us out.

“Our training is going great and we are just looking forward to it.

“I did the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge last year and that gave me the appetite for it.”

She added: “The treatment they gave my friend’s daughter was unbelievable.

“It is such an amazing charity.”

She is supporting the charity in memory of Kirk Sandall toddler Madison Cunningham, daughter of her friend Donna, who died from an undisclosed illness at the hospice six years ago.

Halifax bank staff from across the region have supported the fundraising duo by organising raffle events and sponsored cycle rides.

To donate visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/claireandhayleyschallenge