Gillian's Mt Everest: Durham Cathedral Tower x 135 day (home) climb

Fundraising for St John Ambulance
raised of £5,000 target
by 168 supporters
During the COVID-19 outbreak, St John is actively supporting ambulance services, hospitals and communities to protect life and health through this worrying and uncertain period.


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With lockdowns lightening it is easy to forget the relentless need for up to date equipment and strategic planning for future training especially among young people.  

There are waiting lists for places for Badgers and Cadets in many counties of England including our own (Durham).  Yet we need them in future in our communities to be disciplined and well informed future paramedics.  Support plans to enable children from deprived areas to sign up.

St John Ambulance has been a key player in the volunteer response to NHS needs during COVID-19.  Local and national COVID-19 two day weekend courses have been designed and run by St John in England for critical roles in NHS hospital support and vaccination roll out. 

Some people have been able to make savings during the pandemic.  If this is you, count your blessings by making a donation and if you do, Thank You!!  If you are under greater financial pressure than before, thank God for the NHS and for St John Ambulance and chuck in what you can, however small.  Buy them a coffee.

St John Ambulance is National Ambulance Strategic Advisor working tirelessly with the NHS, 

Last year (in 2020): 

Gillian Willmore,  Chair of Durham County Priory Group, St John, on her own behalf and that of St John Durham, asks you to support her challenge as she sets out to climb up and down Durham Cathedral Tower every day on her own home stairs.  It will take 135 days to reach the summit of Mount Everest (hoping to be air lifted down (!) but is covering enough steps to walk down normally - if converted into the height of Durham Cathedral Tower x 135).  She is self-isolating on grounds of her asthma and age profile.

In 2021 For the final climb on Monday 17 May as the Cathedral Tower opens again, GIllian has been invited to be the first one to ascend: a new statement:

Gillian was appointed to a new and challenging strategic role in St John, St John International, Charterhouse Mews, London in June 2020.  She is now the first woman Chancellor of the Crown Order of St John of Jerusalem. On Monday 17 May 2021 when Durham Cathedral Central Tower opens again after months of pandemic closure, she has been invited to be the first person to climb the Tower, something she longed to do as part of the original challenge but could not through pandemic closure.  This is the last time she will be appealing for support for this climb: at the end of June 2021 this justgiving appeal page will close.

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During the COVID-19 outbreak, St John is actively supporting ambulance services, hospitals and communities to protect life and health through this worrying and uncertain period.

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