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31 October 2012

Mountain Marathon success for Chief Operating Officer

We're proud of our newly appointed COO Geoff Eaton, who successfully completed the Original Mountain Marathon this October all in the name of a good cause!

A big well done goes to Geoff Eaton, our recently Chief Operating Officer, who took part in the Mountain Marathon in Howgills in Cumbria last weekend, the 27th/28th October, together with his son, to raise money for a hospital in Sierra Leone. We are pleased to report that Geoff completed the marathon and went a long way towards achieving his fundraising goal, but it wasn’t easy, and there’s plenty more to be done. "We choose to participate in the mountain marathon because it is a tough challenge both physically and mentally,” explains Geoff. “It is a team event and I run with my eldest son, Patrick. The Howgills in Cumbria are difficult because they are steep sided, and we seemed to climb constantly for two days! The weather was wet, windy and cold, so you learn to enjoy simple pleasures and the hot Bachelors Cup-a-Soup in a windswept, tiny, two man tent on the Saturday night was so welcome! We have had terrific support each year from loyal sponsors  and this year we have a target of £25,000 and with 4 other teams we have raised £10,000 so far.” The Masanga charity is a unique project with which Geoff is closely involved as a trustee, so it’s a long term commitment for him personally. The Masanga hospital in Sierra Leone is located in the jungle, has 100 beds and serves children, mothers and adults from a wide area. It was destroyed by the rebels in the civil war and re-opened in 2005, with 150,000 patients being treated so far at a cost of just £5 per patient. Congratulations again go to Geoff on this fantastic achievement and we wish him luck with his continued fundraising!


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