A group of 24 Greene King team members are gearing up to take on Africa’s highest mountain in a ten-day trek in October to raise money for the company’s charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support.

Giving up their free time, the team made up of Greene King employees who work across the country, has already spent many hours training, ready to tackle the steep 5,895 metre climb to help support people living with cancer.

Battling the high altitude and rough terrain of one the world’s highest mountains, the group will be getting to grips with nature and camping out under the African stars. 

Matthew Plested, based at Greene King’s head office in Bury St Edmunds, wanted to take on the challenge after losing his father to cancer. He said: “My dad was only 61 when he passed away, the day before my mums 59th birthday. I want to do this to raise much needed awareness and money to help loved ones and families deal with such devastating news and to get through those heart-breaking moments in life.”

Matthew Plested is doing the climb in memory of his dad

Meanwhile, Esther McDonald, from its Pub Company Support Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent, sadly lost her good friend to cancer earlier this year, so is more determined than ever to take on this epic feat in her friend’s name, and on behalf of everyone who is facing cancer at the moment.

The pair will join a team of 24 Greene King employees from across the country, who, together hope to raise a staggering £100,000 for the charity partner. 

Esther McDonald with her team mates from the Greene King Pub Company Support Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent

Rooney Anand, chief executive officer at Greene King said: “Since partnering with Macmillan, our team members and guests have been unwavering in their support and commitment to raising money. Taking on Mount Kilimanjaro is going to be difficult challenge but is just another example of how dedicated our team members are to raising funds for such a meaningful cause. Good luck to everyone taking part!”

Rachel Gascoigne, Partnership Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, added: “Here at Macmillan we are so grateful for all the support we’ve received from Greene King colleagues and its customers. We want to say thank you to the team for taking on this amazing challenge to raise money for us, which will help us provide vital support for the growing number of people living with cancer.”

Since partnering with Macmillan in 2012, Greene King team members and guests have raised over £3 million for the charity.

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