Fundraisers who reached Kilimanjaro peak on first anniversary of friend's death help raise £135,000
A year to the day after Matthew Baldwin lost his fight against brain cancer, a team of climbers, including work colleagues and his widow Charlotte, reached the peak of Kilimanjaro.
Their remarkable achievement has so far raised £135,000 to help fund research into an experimental drug, including a £100,000 donation from Matthew’s employers, the international brokers ICAP.
“It was a hugely emotional achievement for all of us, but what better way to remember such a unique person than to trek to the top of a huge mountain and raise money for the fight against brain cancer as well” says Charlotte. “We plan to donate the money to research into this awful illness, whose survival rates have not really improved in the last 50 years. Matthew’s neuro-oncologist at the NHNN is doing some truly incredible research, in conjunction with Oxford University, and we want to fund an experimental drug trial in Matthew’s memory.”
Matthew’s colleagues on the Swiss desk at ICAP had already raised £75,000 before the climb and everyone paid their own expenses so that every penny their climb raised went to the appeal.
“I simply don’t have the words to express the true devastation that I feel about him being taken from me when he was just 36 years old” say Charlotte. “Life is short and if we can do anything, however small, to make a difference, it makes me feel a little less helpless and a little bit more positive about the future.”
If you would like to support the appeal set up in Matthew’s memory please visit www.justgiving.com/matthewbaldwin