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I will face the biggest challenge of my life in June when I look to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity.
I will be tackling the highest mountain in Africa alongside the likes of Sky pundit Chris Kamara, Coventry boss Aidy Boothroyd and Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson as part of the Football League's official charity.
And with Mount Kilimanjaro standing at 19,341 ft above sea level, it will not only be a tough physical and mental challenge, but an emotional one as well.
I agreed to do the climb to raise money in memory of my mother (Christina) who passed away a year ago, while my father (Malachy) is in the latter stages of cancer. And having been made so welcome in south west Wales since arriving with my family in the summer, I also wanted to represent the club and the people of Swansea who have been affected by the illness.
So basically, there are three reasons why I'm taking on the challenge. Firstly my mother used to do a lot of charity work in Ireland for Trocaire before she passed away and I made a promise to myself to carry on raising funds in her memory.
Secondly, my father is in the latter stages of cancer and I hope to do the climb before he passes away and raise funds in his name, while my mother-in-law and wife's uncle have also battled cancer.
Finally, it's for all the people in Swansea who have been affected by cancer. I'm representing Swansea City Football Club on their behalf.
I will be joined in the 34-strong team by football fans from 17 clubs across the UK, plus Aileen Trew (wife of Notts County Chairman, Ray), Daily Mail columnist Des Kelly, the BBC's Mark Clemmit and representatives from The Football League and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The aim is to raise £500,000 to help the charity provide the equivalent of 25,000 hours of free nursing care for people in their own homes.
I've spoken to a number of people who have done the climb, including Tony Pulis at Stoke City. They've all said it was the most challenging thing they've ever done in their life.
I train quite regularly and I'm fairly fit, but I think I'm going to have to step it up ready for the climb in June.
The altitude, low temperature and occasional high winds will make it a difficult and dangerous trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.
Acclimatisation is essential and even then most experienced climbers suffer some degree of altitude sickness. In fact, all climbers will suffer considerable discomfort, shortage of breath, hypothermia and headaches, forcing a substantial number of them to abandon the attempt at a lower altitude.

So please give whatever you can afford to such a good cause.

Best As Always
Brendan

For more information about the partnership and how to get involved, please visit: www.football-league.co.uk/mariecurie.

Raising money for

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Charity Registration No. 207994 (England & Wales) and SC038731 (Scotland)

Marie Curie Cancer Care provides high quality nursing, entirely free, providing people with terminal illnesses the choice of dying at home. We run nine Hospices across the UK offering free specialist care for patients and support for families. We also conduct palliative care research.

Donations 768

Our thoughts are with Brendan, Susan and family RIP Malachy Julie & Ugo

Donation by Ugo Vallario on 10/09/11

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Thanks Brendan you are a great ambassador for our club, you have done us proud.

Donation by Sharon on 13/08/11

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

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Well done, Brendan.

Donation by Eleri & Kate on 13/07/11

£40.00

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Donation by Richard Wharton on 13/07/11

£20.00

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Well done Brendan. Fantastic effort.

Donation by James Thomas on 08/07/11

£10.00

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Donation by Scott Williams on 08/07/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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This donation to this excellent cause was made in memory of Mrs Gloria Thomas who was a good neighbour.

Donation by Jan Oliver on 04/07/11

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Well done Mr Rogers. Great manager, Great man!!!

Donation by R. Jones on 03/07/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Commendable achievement & fantastic cause Brendan. That's twice in the space of a month you've done yourself immensely proud. Congratulations....

Donation by Anonymous on 01/07/11

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Brilliant achievment!Wonderful cause..congratulations

Donation by DERRICK MOSES on 26/06/11

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Llongyfarchiadau Brendan!

Donation by Ifan Hughes on 24/06/11

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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I lost my Father to cancer just before Christmas and I'd like to thank you for your fantastic effort

Donation by ALLAN MAGGS on 21/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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No mountain is too high! Congrats

Donation by Peter Shutts on 20/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Brendan.Tremendous effort for a great cause at the end of a long season - but what a season!! Thank you

Donation by Mike Toulcher on 20/06/11

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well done Brendan, a very worthy cause. In memory of Joe and pej.

Donation by Chris James on 20/06/11

£250.00

+ £62.50 Gift Aid

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Well done on climbing 2 mountains great effort, now for a third in the premiership

Donation by Stephen Evans on 20/06/11

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Well done Brendan!! Congratulations on your climb and thank you for all you've done for the Swans so far, bring on the new season!!

Donation by Gaynor Jones on 20/06/11

£10.00

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Well done Brendan, the Jacks are proud of you.

Donation by Nigel Phillips on 20/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Brendan-great effort. Also, thanks for a fab season!!

Donation by David Thomas on 20/06/11

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Fantastic achievement Brendan. All of Swansea have been with you every step of the way!!!

Donation by Eirwyn Hopkin on 19/06/11

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Congratulations on a tremendous achievement & thanks for making the Jack Army sooo happy!!It really has made a difference to Swansea.

Donation by Alison James on 19/06/11

£26.00

+ £6.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Tino Belli on 19/06/11

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Congratulations Brendan. Fantastic achievement and fundraising. Oh and thanks for the great football last season :)

Donation by BuyMenswear.co.uk on 19/06/11

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Well done Brendan, hope you're not too knackered! See you on August the 6th

Donation by Iwan and Kellie on 19/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Brendan.Great cause.Great season. Thank you for coming to Swansea.

Donation by Richard Tucker on 19/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£13,530.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£13,530.00
  • Gift Aid£2,945.40

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