A long-serving Foster Refrigerator employee has set his sights on tackling one of the biggest physical challenges possible in aid of the Breast Cancer Unit at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.
Dean Rawnsley, who is Foster’s plant 1 and 2 manager and has worked at the company for 19 years, plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in February next year after being inspired by the care his wife Marie received from the hospital in 2014.
Mrs Rawnsley received a breast cancer diagnosis, although happily has since made a full recovery. The couple were so moved by the care shown that they decided to raise funds for others who are facing similar circumstances.
Given his long service to the firm, Foster is sponsoring the climb, which Mr Rawnsley will complete with his faithful stuffed companion, the ‘Trekking Penguin’.
In preparation for the expedition, Mr Rawnsley recently climbed Ben Nevis with five of his colleagues who work at Foster. The group faced harsh conditions of rain and gusts of wind up to 40mph.
He has also been undertaking a gruelling training regime leading up to the event, including walking, running and cycling, to reach the level of fitness required for such a challenge.
Mr Rawnsley said: “This really is a challenge but I aim, with the benefit of my Trekking Penguin, to raise £3,500 for the hospital unit. There is no way that I would have been able to climb Kilimanjaro without the support of Foster. They have been incredibly generous and my wife and I really do appreciate it. I know all of the team are behind me, and they showed that when they climbed Ben Nevis with me! The thought of handing over the money to the team at The Queen Elizabeth hospital will get me up there – no matter what!”
Mr Rawnsley has a Just Giving page, which can be accessed HERE.
Main image shows the Foster staff that climbed Ben Nevis: (L to R) Paul Fisher, Andy Jolley, David Ward, Dean Rawnsley (and Trekking Penguin!), Alison Logan and Joanne Tester.