Aldi staff take on mountainous charity challenge

Aldi employees preparing for the Three Peaks Challenge

Aldi employees preparing for the Three Peaks Challenge

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Staff from the Aldi supermarket in Berwick are preparing to go through the pain barrier to raise money for a cancer charity.

Store manager Katie Billingham and her deputy Laura Doolan are trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro - all 5,895m of it - next February in aid of Marie Curie.

The pair need to raise £8,500 between them - and have roped in their colleagues to help them towards their target.

Katie explained: “As one of the fundraising activities I have organised a small team from my store to undertake the Three Peaks Challenge in September. Each participant is raising £300.”

The National Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in the UK in 24 hours; Ben Nevis, Scotland 1,344m, Scafell Pike, Cumbria 978m and Snowdon, Wales 1,085m.

“It’s quite an undertaking, but everyone is ready to for it,” said Katie.

The team also includes Alison Blacklock (assistant manager), Colin Tate (store assistant), Terrie Turnball (store assistant) and Tracey Fuller (store assistant).

Katie added: “Although Aldi supports Barnardo’s as its official charity they have very kindly allowed me to fundraise for Marie Curie in my home store with collection tins at the tills and by allowing me to remove six key members of staff for three days for the three peak challenge.”

Marie Curie gives people with any terminal illness the choice to die at home.

“Many of us have come into contact with terminal illness, in some way during our life,” said Katie. “For me, my best friend lost her dad to cancer when we were 12 years old and a Marie Curie nurse, who was the mum of a friend at school, nursed him to the end. Rob was an inspirational man who fundraised for Marie Curie until he could no longer do it.

“I was fundraising at a vintage tractor rally recently. Whilst talking about Marie Curie with my neighbouring stallholder she said through her own personal experience of visiting a Marie Curie hospice to visit a friend that the nurses there were angels.

“I think this is very true and I climb Mount Kilimanjaro with Rob and others dear to me in my heart and mind and for those angels who care for us when we can no longer care for ourselves.”

Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, is Africa’s highest mountain.

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