Mountain men raise £60k for Indee Rose Trust

Heroes – the group who have just climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Russell Dopson, Indee’s dad, at the front

Heroes – the group who have just climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Russell Dopson, Indee’s dad, at the front

First published in News

A CHILDREN’S charity is hoping to break the £100,000 mark in its fundraising campaign after undertaking an expedition to scale Africa’s tallest mountain.

The Indee Rose Trust, on Canvey, has smashed its £30,000 target after a team of 12 volunteers took part in a gruelling ten day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Battling through altitude sickness and even hallucinations the group managed to make it to the summit on March 28.

They returned home on Monday to the news that scores of generous people had donated a whopping £60,000 to the cause and money was still flying in.

Now they’re trying to reach £100,000 to help expand their good work, providing gifts to children suffering from brain or spinal tumours.

The trust was set up in memory of Indee Rose Dopson who died from an inoperable brain tumour in June 2009, aged three.

Indee’s dad Russell Dopson, 42, who took part in the expedition, said: “It was absolutely fantastic, a really amazing experience that I think none of us will forget.

“The trek was relentless, whether you were walking up or down it was difficult. There wasn’t a day where someone wasn’t ill, or suffering from bad breathing because of the lack of oxygen.

By the end of it I was even having hallucinations.

“But it was definitely worth it when we got to the top and took it all in.

“We did want to raise £30,000, but while we were away our Just Giving page reached more than £60,000 which is amazing so we’re trying to raise £100,000.

“It’s such a massive amount for us which means we can do so much more for the children.

“We just want to say a huge thank you to everyone for their support.

To donate, visit www.justgiving .com/teams/indeeroseclimb

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