04 May 2021

Office-based 'Mount Kilimanjaro climb' raises £1,105 for chosen Guernsey charities

Debbie Weetman has raised £1,105 for Carey Olsen's chosen Guernsey charities, Guernsey Mind and The Guernsey Bereavement Service, after completing a solo fundraising effort that saw her take to the office stairs to climb the equivalent of Mount Kilimanjaro over a period of nine days.

In total, Debbie climbed the seven flights of stairs from the bottom to the top of Carey House approximately 60 times a day over the course of the nine days to match the 38,680 steps required to scale the highest mountain in Africa.

Debbie said: "After the difficult year we have had, I really wanted to do something for our charities. Both Guernsey Mind and The Guernsey Bereavement Service are especially apt at the moment due to the uncertainty and worry that 2020 brought with it.

"With our charities in mind, I made the most of any opportunity I could find to fit a climb in, whether that meant coming to work two hours early, climbing the stairs through my lunch break or staying late at the office. This effort was well worth it and I am grateful to the Carey Olsen staff for their donations and support."

This is Debbie's eleventh charity drive over her 14 years at the firm where she works as a filing clerk. Previous charitable efforts include a 10-hour swim, 48 hour fasting, an overnight stay at the Mirus Battery and walking both up and down the Val des Terres 25 times in one day.

Maddy Diligent, campaigns and events coordinator for Guernsey Mind, said: "A huge thank you to Debbie for completing this incredible challenge, along with the generosity of the Carey Olsen staff. With the imminent launch of our therapy service these funds will be used for the continued support and growth of this provision."

John Moses, chair of directors for the Guernsey Bereavement Service, said: "I was so impressed when I heard about the challenge Debbie had set for herself. Finding the time before, during and after work to climb the required flights of stairs each day takes real commitment and we're incredibly grateful for the money she has raised, which will go towards supporting our counsellors with the support tools required to ensure our services continue to be provided to the people of Guernsey."

Guernsey Mind and The Guernsey Bereavement Service were selected by local Carey Olsen staff in 2019 to benefit from its fundraising activities.