JIM O’HALLERAN REACHES NEW HEIGHTS IN KILIMANJARO EXPEDITION FOR MAYFIELD & ELLASTONE COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER GROUP
~ Jim O’Halleran, a driver for the responders raises £18,000 for charity by climbing Kilimanjaro ~
Mayfield & Ellastone First Responders today congratulate Jim O’Halleran on climbing Kilimanjaro and raising £18,000 for his two nominated charities the Responsible Gaming Trust (RGT) and Mayfield & Ellastone Community First Responder Group (M&E CFRG).
Jim, at 62, was the oldest of the 27 volunteers who took part in the charity challenge expedition organised by the RGT. Jim’s fellow trekkers included colleagues from the gambling industry in which he works and also Robbie Savage the ex-professional footballer and now TV pundit. The climb took over seven days with all but two of the climbers reaching the top at Gilmans Point on the craters edge with a further 13, which included Jim, making it all the way to the very summit Uhuru peak at 5895m, 19341ft.
“It was a lot tougher than any of us had envisaged”, said Jim. “We all suffered the effects of altitude sickness to varying levels, and the final nights assent coping with 50% less oxygen was undoubtedly the hardest challenge I have ever attempted; both physically and mentally. However, I don’t regret a moment of it as I’ve raised £18,000 for two fantastic causes. I am extremely grateful to everyone who has sponsored me”, added Jim.
The event was organised by the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) in an attempt to raise over £50,000 to help minimise gambling-related harm in Britain. Jim guaranteed he would raise at least £3,000 for the RGT charity with anything beyond that going to Mayfield & Ellastone Community First Responder Group.
Jim and one of his fellow trekkers are pictured here, holding the M&E CFR flag on top of the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru peak 5895m, 19341ft.