Agent overjoyed after winning her 20-month battle to help client raise £50k in Kili climb

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Dedicated agent Ashley Venditto has spoken of her joy after her 20-month struggle to help a client raise £50,000 for the Sussex hospice that looked after his dying wife finally paid off.

Andy Brown and his friend Rob Ward booked a fund-raising Kilimanjaro climb via Ashley after his wife passed away on Christmas Eve 2019 following a battle with cancer.

Andy had promised his wife Nat before she died that he’d climb the mountain to raise funds to keep the hospice going.

“In early 2020 change in Rob contacted me about helping them put together the trip, as part of a range of fundraising activities they were planning to raise enough money for the St Peter and St James hospice,” said Ashley, a member of Your Holiday Booking.

“It costs £8000 per day to run hospice so that was their initial target. One of their first fund raising events was a race night in March 2020, where my travel homeworking business sponsored a race at the event to help support them”

A couple of days later, the country went into lockdown and the Kili climb, originally planned for May 2020, was moved to August 2020.

The trip, booked with African Pride, had to be rearranged multiple times until finally, two years after Andy made his promise to Nat, the climb went ahead in January – despite Rob having recently contracted COVID.

 “When I was sent this picture of the guys at the summit, this was probably one of my happiest moments as a Travel Advisor. I feel like I have lived this journey with them,” said Ashley.

“It’s an Incredible achievement and I know that St Peter and St James Hospice are incredibly proud and grateful for the support of the local community and raising these funds.

“This really has helped to pull our community together during the last two years, amidst the Covid pandemic.

“African Pride have been amazing throughout the two years in helping to deal with the constant date changes and schedule changes and in providing help and support.”

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