Greetings from the Climb Any Mountain Team,

We've had a busy summer with a number of sporting fundraising events.  Thank you very much to everyone who participated or generously donated.  Our event season now switches to Autumn where we have two great events coming up – join us to Swap and Shop on 20 October and we'd love to see you at our Christmas Party on 1 December.

We also pay tribute to an extraordinary woman, Elna Welman.  Elna was the Director of the Pietermaritzburg Mental Health Society - our first partner organisation in South Africa.  We are deeply saddened by her passing, but are very privileged to have known and worked with her over the years.

We hope you enjoy this issue!  Thank you for your on-going interest and support

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Elna Welman - A Tribute

Elna Welman was an extraordinary person, a beloved colleague and a friend to so many people.  We pay tribute to her enduring commitment to make a difference to the lives of those with intellectual disability and mental illness.  Her passion, courage and sense of humour will be sorely missed.

Elna passed on the 11 August 2016, after an unexpected and short illness.  The thoughts of everyone at Climb Any Mountain go out to her family and to the staff of the Pietermaritzburg Mental Health Society.

Elna was the Director of the Pietermaritzburg Mental Health Society and held a very special place in our hearts.  We looked long and hard for a partner organisation in South Africa who had the will and want to move from an institutional model of care to a more person-centred approach.  Pioneering a new type of service in South Africa takes courage, but Elna instantly saw the opportunity. Elna's eyes sparkled as we chatted and when we finished she said, "We're in!  This is exactly what we would like to do."  This was the beginning of a wonderful journey together.  Together with the PMB Mental Health Society we are even more determined to see this vision fulfilled.

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Swap & Shop Come swishing with us - October 20

On the evening of 20th October, we will be having a Swap & Shop pop up event at Generous Spaces in West London. Swap unwanted or unworn clothing/accessories that are in good condition and browse second hand designer clothes, books and jewelry for sale in the pop up shop – all over a glass or two of prosecco! Read more.

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Save the Date for our Christmas Party

 

 Would you believe it, the count down to Christmas has already started. However, we don't need the excuse of Christmas to have a party! On Thursday 1 December 2016, Climb Any Mountain is holding a celebration (or party if you prefer) and you're all invited. The venue is this beautiful old house in Dulwich. We're currently busy putting the finishing touches to our plans for the night. We can't say any more right now but guaranteed, it's going to be a great evening - one not to be missed!

Please put the date in your diary and watch this space for more details very shortly.

Date: Thursday 1 December 2016

Venue: Belair House, Gallery Rd, London, Dulwich SE21 7AB

Time: 7.30pm- 11.30pm 

 

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The AJ Bell London Triathlon 

On the 7th August, Kim Danks took on and successfully completed her first Olympic Distance Triathlon – the AJ Bell London Triathlon.  Kim completed the race in 3 hours 14 minutes and raised £2,297 for Climb Any Mountain.  Kim said, "It was a great stretch goal, and brilliant to be doing it for such a worthy cause – it meant no giving up, even if I felt like it at times!" 

We would like to thank everyone who donated for their generosity.

If you interested in taking part in a triathlon, get in touch.  Climb Any Mountain provides full training plans and support.   

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 Henley 10K Walk

On Sunday the 11th of September a team of people gathered in Henley-on-Thames to take on the ten kilometre Thames Path Challenge. With a team of fifteen walkers the goal was to raise money to enable Climb Any Mountain to continue to make a difference in South Africa ... Read more

 

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