Doncaster fundraising duo aiming high with Kilimanjaro 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 Doncaster friends planning to climb Africa’s highest mountain are on course to smash their fundraising target.

Hayley Mayes, 35, of Partridge Road in Barnby Dun, and 32-year-old Claire Southern, 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 friend’s child of a friend who died at the hospice in 2009.

The two workmates have already raised £4,338 towards their £10,000 target – 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 hope it continues. We are so grateful.

“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.

“The treatment Bluebell Wood gave my friend’s daughter was unbelievable. It is such an amazing charity.”

She is supporting the Dinnington-based hospice in memory of Kirk Sandall toddler Madison Cunningham, daughter of her friend Donna, who died 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.

Another fundraising day, including a raffle, takes place at Doncaster’s Lakeside Shopping Outlet on Good Friday, April 3, from 10am to 4pm. To donate, visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/claireandhayleyschallenge