Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page. The trip was 3-13 August. Although past, it still lives as a testament to this great charity.

I have been very fortunate to scale the heights of music mountains such as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger, Oppenheimer in Doctor Atomic and also Winterreise, as well as having wonderful new music written for me. It seemed an appropriate moment and a natural choice to take on Kilimanjaro, acknowledging the help of and thanking those colleagues who have aided my musical treks. I know that Help Musicians UK have been key in supporting those who find themselves with temporary challenges. We musicians don't often qualify for straightforward assistance; Help Musicians UK can be there in the tough times. Please help them make a difference to those whose talents need support in difficult circumstances.

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Updates 4

It was an astonishing experience in so many ways - we have broken the £6000 barrier with the Gift Aid additions. Thank you so much to all who have donated. We can still climb higher! Donate now, and I'll send you a free CD!

07/02/15 05:40

It is not long since we achieved the summit, but the need is still there to reach the immense fundraising goal. If you would like to read a diary of the trek, please follow this link to the serialised version. Please donate here before or after you do!

12/09/14 04:32

We are so nearly over the mid-point of the target! Like the climb, the going down was as challenging as going up. I hope you will spread the word about this adventure and continue to support Help Musicians UK! Asante sana! (Thanks very much!)

14/08/14 05:19

Thanks to all who have supported me to this point! We have arrived at the start and the flight past the immense mountain, emerging from blanket of cloud, revealed what a true challenge this is. We are about to get the pre-trek briefing. Who knows what the next news will be?

04/08/14 01:36

Raising money for

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Help Musicians UK

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Help Musicians UK is the leading UK charity for musicians across all genres throughout their professional lives. Formerly the Musicians Benevolent Fund, we help promising young artists, professionals who hit a crisis such as illness or injury, and musicians needing help as they grow older.

Donations 113

A thousand congrats, Gerry - an amazing achievement! Forgive this belated donation, but as the page is still open I hope it's still useful.

Donation by Johnny on 09/02/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 23/09/14

Amazing achievement, huge congrats to all 3 Finley boys! Lots of love from us all. Louise, Damian, Olivia & Freya xx

Donation by Anonymous on 27/08/14

Hey Gerry! Man, are you one crazy cat! Well done, though - your heart's in the right place. Safe travels and come home to us in one piece....we NEED you!

Donation by Tom Randle on 26/08/14


Can't wait to hear about this amazing experience! What a wonderful adventure - on many fronts. Love, Madge and David

Donation by Madge Nimocks on 20/08/14


Congratulations on the climb, and thank you for so much wonderful music.

Donation by Anonymous on 20/08/14

Donation by Gianna Wichelow on 19/08/14


Donation by Anonymous on 19/08/14


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

What a terrific achievement to conquer Kili and stand on the roof of Africa - proud of the three of you!

Donation by Ian Jones on 19/08/14


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Great news, hope you had a wonderful trip. Thank you for all your wonderful singing.

Donation by An Opera Fan on 18/08/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

What a terrific achievement!

Donation by Jo Buchan on 14/08/14

Bravissimo! What you've achieved is inspirational ... and generous in time, talent and spirit.

Donation by An opera fan on 14/08/14


Hope all 3 of you have a wonderful experience Gerry - what a great thing to do! Toi toi toi! Love Mark & Rosemary Lowther

Donation by Rosemary Lowther on 12/08/14


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Sorry it can't be more but every little helps. Good Luck and thanks for all the great music.

Donation by Karen Robinson on 10/08/14


What a great thing to do. Hope to see you in Schwarzenberg, but not to climb any mountains. Schnitzel and zwetschgentorte!

Donation by Nigel and Griselda Hamway on 10/08/14


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Good luck, Gerry - what an achievement! A hell of a way to bond with the boys too.

Donation by Roddy & Miranda Williams on 10/08/14

Sing "Jerum, Jerum"! I often do it when the path goes rough and it's a wonderful metronome!

Donation by Monika on 09/08/14

We're thinking of all of you--if you manage this, my current refusal to cycle 60 miles a day next year will look a bit wet. A great idea, an even greater commitment to do this, step by step.

Donation by Richard, Jennifer, Sam and Clara Wilson on 05/08/14

You'll all feel feel the 'uhuru' effect when you get to the top. No Icarus tricks on the way down though.

Donation by David Sulkin on 05/08/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Keep breathing as your heart pounds at a gazillion beats per minute up there! Love to you and the boys. C&L

Donation by Anonymous on 04/08/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Thanks so much for choosing Help Musicians UK. We are all hugely grateful and the whole office is willing you on. Very best of luck. Susan

Donation by Susan Dolton on 04/08/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck, and hope all goes well! Best wishes from Roz and Matthew

Donation by Matthew Best on 04/08/14


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

All the best Gerry. I recommend singing all of Sachs again - that will kill a few hours! If you can arrange 'Verachtet mir' for the moment you reach the summit - even better!!

Donation by James Rutherford on 04/08/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid


Donation by Barry and Sheila Noakes on 03/08/14


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Good luck to you all! Enjoy the views.

Donation by Best wishes from J K A & J (Smith) on 03/08/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£4,732.96
  • Offline donations£600.00
  • Text donations£30.00
  • Total raised£5,362.96
  • Gift Aid£931.60

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