Business leader tackling Africa’s highest mountain to help children in Sunderland

Allison Thompson, holding NSPCC shirt, with other members of the team.
Allison Thompson, holding NSPCC shirt, with other members of the team.
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A business leader from Sunderland is climbing Africa’s highest mountain to raise vital funds to help children in Sunderland stay safe.

Allison Thompson, a director and principal consultant at Ashmore Consulting, based in Rainton Bridge, is in Tanzania as part of a team of six aiming to tackle the 19,341ft Mount Kilimanjaro.

I’ve been training for months, so I’m pleased to be finally on the way

Allison Thompson

They are raising funds for the NSPCC’s Schools Service in Sunderland, which has already helped more than 8,200 children understand abuse and how to stay safe.

Allison is the chairwoman of the NSPCC’s Sunderland Business Board, which is made up of Wearside business leaders and aims to raise £80,000 annually to help fund the service.

She said: “Since mid-March, I’ve walked, ran and hiked more than 600 miles, climbed several mountains and braved rain, hail and wind in order to get in some sort of shape for the challenge.

“I’ve been told by others that the altitude can make things difficult, but we’re fully prepared and the KiliCrew of family and friends is a tight-knit group that will support each other come what may.

“The work the NSPCC does in the city is vital – helping the most vulnerable in our communities.

“They need and deserve our support, and the expedition is a way of raising funds and the profile of the NSPCC’s work in the city. The board is determined that every penny raised in and by the city stays on Wearside.

“People have been so generous so far, and I hope the money keeps coming in – I’ve said that Ashmore Consulting will match every penny raised.”

The NSPCC aims to deliver this service in all primary and academy schools in the North East every two years.

Nihad Cehic, NSPCC fundraising manager for the North East, said: “I’m full of admiration for Allison and her team.

“I know how much effort they’ve put into training and the level of commitment to the charity – and Sunderland children – is outstanding.”

To support Allison on her Kilimanjaro expedition, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/AllisonThompson