Lauren Williams

Climbing Kilimanjaro has been pretty high on the bucket list for a few years now - when I got wind that Cornwall Air Ambulance were setting up a challenge to do this, it was the perfect coming together. Ticking off something immense that I've always wanted to do, and helping out a vital charity to Cornwall and the Cornish lifestyle.

The cold on summit night was the toughest thing for me. After eight hours endlessly walking up hill in -10C, it's the sort of cold that gets right into your core. My toes were so frozen I could hardly move them; this ended up in having a foot massage at Uhuru! Who else can say that!?

The best thing about the whole trip was definitely the shower at the end! Only joking! The best things were reaching Uhuru peak and achieving something that - only a year ago - I didn't think would be possible, pushing myself beyond everything I thought I had and further, and ultimately the people we met - not only the amazing guys who raised such an incredible amount for CAAT, but our guides, porters and fellow climbers.

The whole experience would not have been possible without every single member of our massive team on Kili. Our group of 31 was the most influential, caring and supportive group of people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting, let alone climbing Kilimanjaro with. I can honestly say that if it weren't for those incredible people, getting to the top would have seemed almost impossible. Maximum respect!

Reaching the summit was such a bag of emotions it's hard to exactly pin-point how it was! overwhelming, emotional, exciting, exhausting and there was even a sense of relief - I don't even know where to begin! Definitely a sense of pride for all of us who raised so much and pushed ourselves far beyond anything we thought we were capable of.

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