Discovery Park’s Finance Director Sets Off for Kilimanjaro Charity Climb

Posted on 02/09/16

Discovery Park Finance Director Kevin Howes is hoping for a healthy balance sheet for Kent homeless charity Porchlight, when he conquers Africa’s highest peak later this month.

He will be joining a six-strong group on a trek through Tanzania to the top of Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano rising some 19,650 ft above sea level. It will take around five days to reach the summit.

The idea was for the trek to be a holiday, but Kevin decided to add the challenge to the events taking place in support of Porchlight projects across Kent – from hostels and outreach support to schemes that help homeless people get back into work.

Training has included ignoring the train and climbing up Mount Snowdon, one of the UK’s highest peaks, at 3,559 ft. He just needs to do the same a further five and a half times come 18 September.

Discovery Park Finance Director Kevin Howes

Kevin said: “I really just wanted to do something I’ll probably never do again and while I had planned to make it a holiday, it’ll be a great motivator to raise money for an excellent cause.

“Porchlight does amazing things for homeless and vulnerable people around the county. I hope my walking up a volcano (and back down again) will help to draw attention to that and add to the £3,000 plus that Discovery Park has already raised fir them over the summer.

Kimberley Anderson, Corporate Services Manager, Discovery Park, said: “Porchlight do an incredible job, not only in East Kent but across the county, with a team of unsung heroes working tirelessly to help people who, for whatever reason, have lost their way.

“We wish Kevin the best of luck climbing Kilimanjaro, and will all be with him in spirit on his adventure.”

The Kilimanjaro trek is one of a number of charity events that have been organised by Discovery Park in support of Porchlight to date, building up to the Big Sleep Out, taking place later this autumn, with staff from some of the 150 businesses based on site taking part.

To support Kevin’s Kilmanjaro trek visit his fundraising page.

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