Dell Technologies team conquers Kilimanjaro to raise £100K for disadvantaged kids

Posted by / Friday 16 November 2018 /
Dell Technologies team conquers Kilimanjaro for charity partner Action for Children - September 2018

A 31-strong team from Dell Technologies shutdown their laptops and picked up their rucksacks in September to take on Mount Kilimanjaro for their charity partner, Action for Children.

Battling bitterly cold winds, altitude sickness and temperatures as low as -15 degrees, the intrepid IT professionals conquered the 19,000-feet summit after four days’ hard slog. Their efforts were rewarded on return to the UK where they smashed their fundraising target, collecting £105,000 to help the charity in its work supporting disadvantaged children across the UK.

“Even after 18 months of organising, nothing can prepare you for this climb,” explained executive assistant at Dell, Vanessa Richardson.

“After four days up and two days down, walking up to 15 hours each day, it’s great to be back at sea level. Knowing that 30 people made this epic journey with me, I want to say thank you to each and every one of them”, she added.

Head of corporate fundraising at Action for Children, Mary O’Hagan, said: “A huge thank you once again to our wonderful partners at Dell Technologies for taking on this climb in aid of our work supporting vulnerable children, who are often in desperate situations.

“Over the past eight years Dell has raised nearly £2million for Action for Children. Its Inspire IT programme – available at 80 of our services across the UK - has provided a safe online space for learning, access to key services and social connections for disadvantaged children and young people.

“With their fantastic fundraising efforts, we’ll be able to continue campaigning tirelessly to make life better for vulnerable children and families all over the country.”

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Media contact:   Huw Beale at Action for Children – 07718 114 038 / [email protected]

Out of hours:   07802 806 679 / [email protected]

 

NOTES TO EDITOR

  • HOW ACTION FOR CHILDREN WORKS: Action for Children helps disadvantaged children across the UK through intervening early to stop neglect and abuse, fostering and adoption, supporting disabled children, and by campaigning tirelessly to make life better for children and families. With over 550 services the charity improves the lives of more than 300,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year.actionforchildren.org.uk