A team from Connection Wellbeing Services, a not for profit organisation based in Fenton that works to help people connect with themselves and life again via a holistic approach that takes into account their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, will be taking on a monumental challenge next year to climb the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal in support of Dougie Mac
Director Eljin Keeling-Johnson has experienced the care provided by Dougie Mac first hand as he lost his mother-in-law to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) at the hospice last year.
The team is taking along one lucky client, Jo Preston, with them on the journey.
Jo has been accessing Connection’s services for some time including 1-to-1 counselling and also undertakes their fitness classes, yoga, orienteering and art sessions to combat her depression.
Connection has devised a year-long person centred care plan for Jo with a holistic approach including long term voluntary wok, education and employment. This plan will culminate in the Himalayas challenge for which Jo was selected by all four directors of Connection with the aim of helping her to connect to herself again to fulfil her potential in the community, employment and in society.
Jo Preston says:
“I’d like to thank Connection Wellbeing Services for choosing me and for all of the support I have received… I’m still in shock that I have been given this amazing opportunity. Looking back on my life, it’s all quite negative; that’s why I’m so looking forward to this challenge as it’s a beacon of light, hope and positivity whilst I approach my fifth year of being clean.”
The 11-strong team will be climbing three peaks up to 6189m in altitude; Pokalde peak at 5806m; Island Peak at 6189m, a snow covered mountain with a knife edge ridge to negotiate to the summit and Lobuje East at 6145m on their 3-week expedition next November.
The team at Connection have also taken on various fundraising initiatives to maximise their support for the hospice from taking part on the Dougie Mac 5K event earlier this year and collecting at Uttoxeter Racecourse, to hosting table-top and car boot sales.
Suzi Smith, Head of Corporate Fundraising & Events, commented:
“We can’t thank Connection and friends enough for taking on this extreme fundraiser for the hospice, and we look forward to hearing all about their fundraising ventures and training throughout the next 18 months.
“All monies raised will help us deliver excellent care to local people approaching end of life.”
If you would like to donate to Connection’s fundraising page, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/eljin-keeling-johnson