Syston Woman Climbs Mount Toubkal to Raise Funds for Marie Curie in Memory of Nan

A Syston woman climbed the highest mountain in North Africa to raise money for the charity which cared for her nan.
Sophie Suffolk, 24, braved high winds and freezing temperatures to reach the summit of Mount Toubkal near Marrakesh, Morroco, raising £800 for end of life charity Marie Curie.
She was part of 17-strong group of adventurers who completed the challenge in March.
The challenge included a six-hour trek with deep snow to the base of the mountain (3,200 meters above sea level), an overnight camp, and a four hour ascent to the top of the mountain 4,176 meters above sea level – all while braving temperatures of -15C and windspeeds of 60kph.
Sophie took on the challenge in memory of her Nan Sheila who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in September 2012 and who sadly died at home in August 2013 on her husband’s birthday with her family by her side.
Sophie said:
“This climb truly was a life changing experience for me. We woke up super early on the day of the climb, fully equipped with our mountain boots, gloves and head torches ready to start our summit push.
“We left in the dark and slowly began our ascent up to the top. The weather conditions were very tough and gave us a full winter climb experience which was completely different to anything I’ve had the chance to do before.
“After four hours myself and the team, with the help of our fantastic guides, reached the top and spent some time taking in the amazing views and pictures to capture the achievement, before our descent.
“I decided to take on this personal challenge as I wanted to raise as much money as possible for Marie Curie to thank them for all their help in allowing my Nan to spend her final 10 days at home.
“The nurses came to the house and administered essential medication, they re-positioned her every few hours, tending to her with so much care and kindness. During her last night, the nurses knew she didn’t have long and called in several times to ensure she was not in distress.
“The morning she died, they came back and gently removed all the medical equipment she had been wired to, one of the nurses even went into the garden to pick some flowers and placed them in my Nan’s hands, such a thoughtful gesture and one we have never forgotten.
“Marie Curie made an enormous difference to my Nan’s final days; they enabled us to carry out her wish of being at home surrounded by her family. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to cope, and we have never forgotten how amazing they were when we needed them, we will be forever grateful.
Sophie adds:
“I want to say a BIG thank you to the members at The Warehouse Gym, my friends and family who have all supported me in helping raise over £800 for Marie Curie so that they can continue to care for families in their time of need.”
Abby Lockett, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie in Leicestershire said: 
“Thanks to amazing supporters like Sophie, Marie Curie has been there for millions of people affected by terminal illness over the past 75 years. Today our work is more needed than ever. With your continued support we can ensure a future where everyone gets the best possible end of life care.”
If you are interested in raising funds for Marie Curie or joining a team of volunteers in your area, please contact Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Leicestershire Abby Lockett call: 0751 513 5403 or email: Abby.Lockett