January 2023

Reaching new heights in Kilimanjaro charity trek

One Team MDL has again risen to the challenge - by targeting Africa's highest mountain.

MDL's Head of Strategic Marketing Aleks Jurczak trekked to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for social care charity VSA.

Her seven-day expedition followed the 70km Lemosho route to the top of the world's largest free-standing mountain, at the imposing height of 5895m above sea level.

As well as completing the challenge, she raised £5,590 in the process.

Aleks said: "As a keen hiker who, unfortunately, spends too many hours at the desk, I decided to commit my passion to a worthy cause.

"I chose to fundraise for the VSA, a local charity with a 150-year heritage, because their mission resonates with me greatly: 'supporting individuals and communities to fulfil their potential'.

"I believe that everyone should get the chance to live their lives to the fullest, to follow the path before them - even if there are mountains to overcome along the way.

"Through personal circumstance or the turn of Lady Luck, some members of our communities find themselves in a vulnerable place.

"VSA provides the required support to those who need it: from healthcare, to living necessities, to having a soulmate to share the burden with.

"It was a tough challenge but such a feeling of achievement to 'be at the top of the world' in that moment. I'd like to thank every single person who donated so generously, as well as One Team MDL for cheering me on."