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Dear All,

The Football League’s official charity partner for the 2010/11 season is Marie Curie Cancer Care. The aim is to raise £500,000 to provide 25,000 community nursing hours for terminally ill cancer patients.

To do my bit, along with Sky Sports Chris Kamara, Swansea City Manager Brendan Rodgers, Aidy Boothroyd, Middlesbrough Chairman Steve Gibson, Daily Mail columnist Des Kelly and 28 others, I will climb Africa’s largest peak Mount Kilimanjaro between the 9and the 18  of June.

As part of my preparations I will drag myself to the gym 3 times a week, undertake a series of training treks and be inoculated against Hepatitis A, Malaria, Typhoid and Yellow Fever.

I will spend 8 hours in an economy airline seat to reach East Africa. When we set off we will walk in t-shirts and shorts but by the time we’ve climbed the 19,341 feet to the top it will be minus 20c.

Along the way we’ll sleep in tents, not wash for a week and go to the toilet in unspeakable circumstances.

The altitude sickness in the final stages will be so bad that some of us may struggle to reach the summit. For the final 6 hours ascent we’ve been told to expect the feeling of extreme drunkenness and the worst possible hangover at the same time.

I am doing this in memory of my mother who died from cancer at the age of just 58. From diagnosis to death she lasted just 6 months. I have seen at first hand the distress and confusion of a terminally ill patient and their family. I know how important it is that those who are nearing the end are made to feel as comfortable as their situation allows.

No pressure, but please give as generously as you can and if you can’t, please spread the word.

Thank you

Clem

 

Mark Clemmit is the features reporter on BBC 1’s Football League Show, co-presents BBC Radio 5 Live’s 5 Live Football League and hosts the official npower Football League Podcast

 

 

 

 

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 118

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Congratulations and well done Clem. Did you meet a spanish dancer on the way down?!

Donation by gary whalen on 18/08/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Congratulations Mark on completing the trek - an incredible effort! From Liz and everyone at Coca-Cola GB

Donation by Simon Ansell on 15/08/11

£500.00

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Mark, You're a legend. Hope the donations make you feel better about volunteering. Rick from Menai (not that one - the one Down Under!)

Donation by Rick Wallin on 10/08/11

£10.00

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More bits and pieces that people have handed to me. Once again, many thanks to all - Clem

Donation by Mark Clemmit on 13/07/11

£150.00

+ £37.50 Gift Aid

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Sorry for the delay - those six matches in seven days addled my brain! Well done mate

Donation by Chris Dunlavy on 11/07/11

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Well done Clem, a great effort for a very worthwhile cause. Rod T, Morecambe FC.

Donation by Rod Taylor on 06/07/11

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Great stuff! Made my best brownies to raise some of this! Promise to make some more when we see you.

Donation by Jayne Miller on 06/07/11

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Sorry for the delay but I have been away. All the best Ben Burton Albion

Donation by Ben Robinson on 30/06/11

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Found your information on Barnsley fc web site.there is always some one you personely know who is touched by cancer. great humility in what you did.

Donation by Philip Taylor on 28/06/11

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Hope it went well Clem, look forward to seeing the footage

Donation by Peter Trembling on 27/06/11

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Clem - terrific effort

Donation by David Allison on 21/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Top effort mate. Hope you remembered to sit up straight for the photo at the top...Jeff B

Donation by Jeff Brown on 21/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by dougie freedman on 19/06/11

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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All the very best Mark from Gordon Taylor and all at the PFA

Donation by Zoe Hinchliffe on 15/06/11

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All the best mate

Donation by Anonymous on 15/06/11

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Arthur Watson on 14/06/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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It's a long way from Marske to the top of Kilimanjaro! Good luck.

Donation by Adrian Williams on 14/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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I have climbed Roseberry Topping many times but a lack of oxygen isn't normally a a problem up there! Well done to all of the team .

Donation by D Green on 14/06/11

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Thank you for for doing such a massive task, for such a wonderful cause,looking forward to seeing and listening to your excellent footall reporting nn

Donation by Jim Holland on 13/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Total respect Clem to you and your merry men - hope that rarified air isn't too much of a problem. Look forward to seeing you again at ground level.

Donation by Jim Rosenthal on 13/06/11

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Good luck Clem!

Donation by Mark Williams on 13/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Hope trek going well and not too tough. Well done for doing this and raising so much money. Long suffering Plymouth Argyle and avid podcast listener.

Donation by Gary Critten on 13/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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My sister did Kilimanjaro and said it was the hardest thing she's done in her life - including having two babies. Brilliant cause - good luck

Donation by Hugh Kirby on 10/06/11

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Really enjoy the FL Podcast Mark (even though not enough mentions for Palace!). Good luck and well done.

Donation by Philip Lewis on 09/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Clem. Your regular promptings on the FL podcast made me donate!

Donation by Simon Webster on 09/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£6,965.94
  • Offline donations£100.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£7,065.94
  • Gift Aid£916.49

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