Wotton Couple Raises Thousands For Dental Charity After Completing Kilimanjaro Climb
A dentist and his wife have raised thousands of pounds for charity after reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro; Phil Loughnane and his wife, Shaenna, climbed Africa’s tallest mountain to raise money for Bridge2Aid.
Mr Loughnane, the owner of Chipping Manor Dental Practice in Wotton-under-Edge, took up the gruelling challenge with his wife to raise money for Bridge2Aid which is a charity that provides dental care, equipment and training in Tanzania.
The couple reached the top, Uhuru Peak, on the 26th August after a 5-day climb, which tested their fitness, courage and endurance to the maximum. The couple was part of a 12-man team and eight of the climbers reached the summit.
In total, the group raised a massive £48,000, of which a huge sum of £14,000 was raised by the Loughnane’s.
Speaking about the trip, Mrs Loughnane said that the climb was the best experienced of her life, despite it also being the hardest challenge. Mr Loughnane also said that the experience was incredible and described climbing through the night and seeing the stars and watching the sun rise across the amazing landscape. Mr Loughnane said that he had hugged his wife when they reached the summit and said that they were both filled with excitement and relief. They have recently celebrated their wedding anniversary and feel very lucky to have shared such a life-changing experience.
Mr Loughnane thanked everyone for their kind donations and said that money would make a huge difference to the people of Tanzania. The couple has supported the charity since 2006 and they have raised more than £135,000.
Bridge2Aid provides some of the world’s poorest people with basic dental care and dental equipment and volunteer dentists also play a very important role in educating local people about oral health and training clinical officers so that they can continue to treat people after the dentists have returned home to the UK.
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