Lee started fundraising in 2007 for the love of bringing the community together and helping people, doing fundraising challenges out of his comfort zone and bringing smiles to people’s faces.
Last year, Lee signed up with Against Breast Cancer to climb Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world that is not part of a mountain range! Lee completed his challenge this September and has raised a quite staggering £17.5k having documented every step of his journey, encouraging people to sponsor him along the way.
“With any challenge, I always hate the training and at times it was lonely, but I brought people along to share in my journey, keeping everyone up to date. I didn’t realise how difficult this challenge would be. Summit night was a whole new ball game. I didn’t want to let anyone down so the days I was struggling I just kept thinking about all the support I’ve received and the difference the money will make to ABC.”
Lee endured a gruelling night summiting to the top. It took him 13 hours, stopping every 10 minutes or so just to catch his breath. Lee ended up climbing alone – separated from the group with just a guide and a porter for company but that didn’t stop him.
“I never gave in and knowing my fellow trekkers were already down at base camp resting I knew I had to keep going. Summit night was my toughest challenge ever and I’m grateful that I managed to summit. Believe in yourself and you’re halfway there; never give up. Just keep making every step count”
Lee has raised tens of thousands of pounds over the years and enjoys an almost celebrity-like status in his hometown of Norwich, frequently appearing on local TV and radio as well as attracting attention from BBC Radio Five Live who interviewed Lee back in January having heard about his heroic fundraising adventures. Lee is back now watching his beloved Norwich City but has already committed to his next challenge and we are so grateful to hear he will once again be fundraising for us at ABC.
This time he’s off to Morrocco and it’s another mountain in the shape of Mount Toubkal, the highest in the Atlas mountain range. Lee has already raised £2000 towards that challenge which he is taking on in August 2024. You can sponsor Lee today on his JustGiving page.
Incredible! Well done Lee and thanks sincerely for your fantastic support!