Stafford women set for Kilimanjaro Honeymoon
A selfless charity worker from Stafford, who can’t switch off from her 9-5 day job, will interrupt her honeymoon to raise vital funds for disabled children in the county.
Kirsten Greaves, aged 27, has signed up to climb Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world, to support Caudwell Children, the charity that she works for as a Challenge Events Coordinator.
The charity provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
The former Stafford College student couldn’t resist the 5,896 metre climb and says that her future husband, Dan Shore, also from Stafford, is delighted by the challenge. As she explained: “The Kilimanjaro climb is just one of the fundraising events that I’ve organised for the charity as part of my job. When Dan and I named the date of our marriage the penny suddenly dropped that it was only a few weeks before the climb, which starts on 1st June, 2017.
“It didn’t take long for me to start thinking about the possibility of undertaking the challenge during our honeymoon. Dan and I get bored easily and are always looking for something to do whilst on holiday, so I asked him what he thought.
“I wasn’t surprised when he said he was well up for it, so now it’s just a case of cracking on with the fundraising.”
The couple, who met at the Casa Wine Bar in Stafford, will tie the knot at Derrington Church, in the town on 6 May, 2017, before hosting an evening reception in Stone. Ahead of the big day they now plan to encourage family and friends to undertake a sponsored treadmill walk that will see participants matching the equivalent height of Kilimanjaro.
“We also plan on hosting a curry night to raise funds,” explained Kirsten. “We’ve already paid the registration fee of £199 each and our intention is to smash the £3,750 fundraising target that we both have to hit.”
Kirsten says that the Kilimanjaro trek is a magnate for climbers the world over and involves people overcoming a diverse range of obstacles, including hiking through a lush, fertile rain forest to get to the mountain itself: “Once we get to Kilimanjaro we will follow the Machame route, a steep ascent which involves a 37 mile trek and climb from start to finish,” said Kirsten. “But one of the greatest challenges that Dan, myself, and our fellow climbers will have to overcome is the threat of altitude sickness.
“However, we will take the precaution of completing the challenge in seven days, which will allow us the luxury of a gradual acclimatisation. This will give us a far better chance of reaching the summit.”
The couple will enjoy stunning, panoramic views across Tanzania and the dusty African plains during their ascent and Kirsten admits she can’t wait for the trip: “It will be an amazing experience to share together. Along with our marriage it will be something that we will remember for the rest of our lives. It’s a really cool thing to do and is an unusual alternative to a standard honeymoon!”
But it won’t be all work for the Chester University graduate. Following the climb the newlyweds will undertake a safari before heading off to the brilliant white beaches to be found on the island of Zanzibar, where the couple will finally be able to rest their weary limbs.
“The trip will tick about three things off our bucket list of things to do,” concluded Kirsten. “And we’ll also get the chance to see the famous UNESCO World heritage site Stone Town, on Zanzibar. We’ll be having our reception in Stone and we’ll be honeymooning in Stone, how funny is that?”
You can join the Caudwell Children Kilimanjaro team here.
You can support Kirsten through her Just Giving page here.