Kelly leads team whose climb raised £21,000

Kelly Stretton and Simon Gregory at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro
Kelly Stretton and Simon Gregory at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

A Todmorden woman has helped a fundraising charity total climb to a bumper £21,000 with an ascent up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kelly Stretton and her partner Simon Gregory were the main organisers of a team from hotel company Whitbread who decided to raise money for a children’s charity by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Kelly is now resident in Manchester, where she works at the company’s Premier Inn, but is from Todmorden, where her mum Beverley lives and help with the fundraising took place.

Simon said: “On behalf of the Whitbread team I would like to say a huge thank you to all the people and organisations that helped support our trek to climb Kilimanjaro and to raise over £21,000 forthe Great Ormond Street Charity Hospital.

“Particular thanks go to Todmorden Golf Club and First Group.

“The money we have raised will enable Great Ormond Street to continue their great work.

“We will all be eternally grateful for your generosity.”

Beverley, very proud of her daughter’s achievement, explained that one of many fundraising events to help raise money to make the Kilimanjaro challenge, which in turn helped raise the large amount of money for Great Ormond Street, was a golf day at the Rive Rocks, Todmorden course and club.