Weʼre raising £13,500 to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money and awareness for the Cure CJD Campaign in September 2019, as CJD will claim the life of our Dad.
- Kilimanjaro, Uganda
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.Hi. I'm Paul. Im 34 years old and together with my sister Laura, my best friend Em and a team of other close friends (Sharon, Becki, Holly) we are going to scale Kilimanjaro!
In October of 2017, out of the blue, our Dad was diagnosed with CJD. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, degenerative, fatal brain disorder. It affects about one person in every one million people per year worldwide.
I explicitly recall the diagnosis from the specialists who flew down from Edinburgh to see us. There is no cure. This is fatal. Life expectancy = months. Those were the only words I that I have continued to play around and around in my head ever since. This is 2017 I thought, WHY is there no cure?
Our Dad means the world to us. He is our everything. He had recently just retired, and I for one was looking forward to him enjoying a well earned rest with my mum, spending their retirement together after his lifetime career at BP.
We are too late to help our Dad, but not to help others. Dad is now in his final weeks of life, lying almost lifeless in a hospital bed, slowly losing any remaining functions as the disease destroys his brain bit by bit. I've heard it described as Alzheimers, Parkinson's, Huntingdon's and Motor Neurone disease all rolled into one. It is a monster disease.
Myself and my sister have thrown our focus into making a difference. What can we do we thought to fight this monster to help others. So, here we are, having just booked our trip to Kilimanjaro in September 2019 to scale its entirety.
Please donate to our cause. We promise plenty of drama and photos to prove it on the way up (and down) the highest mountain on the face of this earth. 19,000ft. Above the clouds. Using a hole in the ground for a toilet.
We will be forever grateful if you can help us re-write the history of this disease that stole away our father in such a devastating, haunting fashion.
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Aug 23, 2018
This represents Rothschild's sponsorship of staff who competed in The Hel(l)vetia Challenge 2018 - Emma, Holly, Matt, Tim, Andre, John, Fliss, Sam and Katie. Well done everyone.
May 1, 2018
Money raised from a cake sale held for staff at Rothschilds, well done everyone let’s keep up the good work!
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Mar 31, 2018
Money raised from The Blue Cow Inn Charity Quiz Night on 25th March 2018. Thank you to Andrew and his team and for all the customers that donated.
Mar 29, 2018
Money raised from Easter egg raffle by staff Rothschilds - good luck team!
Feb 28, 2018
Really sorry to read this Paul, Jennie and family. Best of luck to you all x
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Team Gaukroger 2019 - Paul, Laura, Em, Sharon, Becki and Holly
Started by Paul & Laura Gaukroger, our father was sadly diagnosed in October 2017 with CJD, an extremely rare and degenerative brain disease for which there is no cure. Throughout our journey we have found obstacle after obstacle mainly due to a lack of awareness of the disease.