As the team behind one of the UK’s biggest gay pride events, Jackie Crozier, Sarah Rowland and Dale Vicker are no stranger to raising money for charity.
But this October the Manchester Pride team will be taking their fund raising efforts to, quite literally, new heights when they’re set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.
Festival director, Jackie and Dale, who works as part of Manchester Pride’s promotions team are raising funds for the Alzheimers Society, whilst event manager, Sarah is climbing for CLIC Sargent – a charity that cares for children suffering from cancer.
The team are set to leave Manchester on their epic, eleven day challenge on 14th October and hope to raise around £15,000. If you would like to make a donation to any of the team’s chosen charities, you can do so via Just Giving – links to which can be found on: www.manchesterpride.com
Jackie Crozier said: “Dale and I have seen first hand how the disease can affect lives. My grandmother is living with the disease and Dale’s sadly passed away a couple of years ago.
“Having seen the impact that dementia has had on my gran, I wanted to do something to help raise money to fight the disease. Witnessing her deterioration from a proud, self-sufficient woman to one who can’t recognise her only granddaughter is deeply upsetting.
“My dream is that research can find a way to stop or a cure the condition – one that robs people of precious lifetime memories. Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s would give me a way to do something in the name of my gran and the many, many others with the same condition.”
At 5,895 metres, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and one of the biggest volcanoes ever to break through the Earth’s crust. The climb takes the team along the Kenya-Tanzania border and passes through farmland and forest on the trek to the summit.