“Team Kili-Billies” – A Worcestershire Law Society Adventure…
Every year the WLS choose to fundraise for a different charity. This year the committee wanted to support a local charity that would see a real benefit from the money raised enabling people who donate to be able to say “my donation helped to build that”.
My colleague, Priya, and I met with Trudy Berlet, the specialist maternity bereavement midwife heading up Worcestershire Royal Hospital’s campaign, at the end of last year. She gave us a tour of the existing facilities, which are fantastic, but explained that at the moment they only have room for one family at a time. As a result of this they are often forced to turn away grieving parents or ask expectant mothers to give birth in the main maternity ward even though they know that their baby will not survive or has already sadly died.
The cause touched our hearts immediately and we decided that our usual fund raising wasn’t enough. This is a charity that deserved the extra mile and we made the slightly crazy decision to climb Kilimanjaro in August this year.
“Team Kili–Billies” are made up of 4 of us, who all have links with Worcestershire:
Alexandra Phillips: Secretary of Worcestershire Law Society and an Associate Solicitor at mfg Solicitors in Worcester
Priya Tromans: Treasurer of Worcestershire Law Society and an Associate Solicitor Advocate at Harrison Clark Rickerbys in Worcester
Claire Gamage: Associate Solicitor at Bird and Bird LLP, London.
Sharon Sheehan: Consultant Microbiologist in Eastbourne.
We fly out to Kilimanjaro Airport on 18th August 2018 and begin our ascent on 21st August. We will trek for 7 days covering a total of 71km and reaching an elevation of 5895m above sea level (500m higher than Everest Base Camp).
Anyone who knows any of the team members also knows that this is far out of our comfort zones and will be a true challenge. We began our training with walks on the Malverns and we will shortly be heading to the South Downs before tackling a special Kilimanjaro training expedition in Snowdonia on the weekend of 02 June 2018. With lots of walking and individual training in the middle supported by friends, family and colleagues.
We hope to raise at least £15,000 and the focus of the publicity we hope to generate is very much me, Priya and Worcestershire coming together. Two local women educated in Worcester (supported by two others) who work for two local law firms doing something to help a local charity raise money for something tangible for our community.
A glimpse of the cause…
Trudy attended our quiz night in February and explained that some of the money raised will go towards sound proofing a couple of delivery rooms as well as an additional bereavement suite. Sadly one mother’s memory is “as I was giving birth to my baby that had died all I can remember is the sound of the mother next door who was exactly at the same stage of labour but her baby cried, my heart broke”. When Trudy told our guests about this mother’s experience you could see how touched people were and we raised £450.00 that night alone.
How to support us
We have created a dedicated website for the climb and the fund http://kili-billies.co.uk where you can find out more about the team and keep track of our climb.
We also have a Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/alexandra-phillips.
A Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KiliBillies/
Email Us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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