A trio of trekkers raised a staggering £31,000 for Mountbatten by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kerry Dargan, Zoe Mann and Lisa Moore reached the 19,000ft summit in autumn last year, in memory of Zoe’s mum, Jill.

Mountbatten’s community team cared for Jill before she died in 2021 and Zoe and Lisa visited the hospice last week to see the nursing staff who supported her, and to present the cheque.

“Our target was to raise £5,000 each but to reach over £30,000 feels absolutely amazing,” said Zoe.

“We never imagined we could raise so much but knowing how that money can help the teams at Mountbatten makes us feel incredibly proud.

“It was an amazing experience and it feels life-changing to have helped this wonderful charity.”

The Rev Amanda Collinson, vicar of Northwood and Gurnard churches, was due to join the trio but had to withdraw due to ill health.

However, she intends to take up her own fundraising adventure for Mountbatten at a later date.

During their visit to Mountbatten, Zoe and Lisa had lunch with Mountbatten CEO Nigel Hartley and other staff to say thank you.

A memory leaf was gifted to Zoe to place on Mountbatten’s memory tree as a permanent memorial to Jill.

“We are so thankful to them all for supporting Mountbatten and raising so much for money for us,” said Nigel.

“It was lovely to hear the stories from Zoe and Lisa about the challenge and why it was so important to them to fundraise for Mountbatten.”

Opportunities to take on similar challenges in support of Mountbatten are available to Islanders in 2023.

For more details, click here.