Janet's story

After the death of a close friend who suffered with Creutzfeldt-Jakod disease (CJD) and her father dying from a stroke, Janet made it her mission to help fund research into neurological conditions and found Brain Research Trust.

To help fundraise for Brain Research Trust, Janet took on the amazing challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. ‘Both my father and close friend inspired me to raise as much money for a worthwhile cause. I was on the internet and came across some wonderful photographs from the top of Kilimanjaro. And thought I would love to be up there.’

After months of gruelling preparation, Janet arrived in Tanzania for the big task ahead. ‘The trek started slowly with only five to eight hours walking a day with a gradual ascend. The first few days, it was easy, we would reach camp and tents were up and dinner was on’. “Daytime temperatures were reasonable but nights very cold indeed.  Because of the altitude the last night before arriving at base camp we had to leave our tent doors open. What a choice: suffocate or die of hypothermia? I ended up wearing six layers, but I was still cold!"

'The final ascent [to the top] will be at midnight,’ they said. This was to enable us to reach the summit at sunrise, but I had a different explanation: if you were to see what you were about to climb in daylight, you would go straight back to your tent!”“Midnight 18 September, we got ourselves ready. Six hours later I was at the top and what a wonderful view I had before me!  I had finally attained my goal and the realisation that I had raised more than my target for Brain Research Trust gave me a much needed warm glow.”

Janet’s fundraising helped Brain Research Trust fund vital research into neurological conditions.

If you would like to fundraise by doing a challenge event such as Kilimanjaro, you can find out more here.