Flintshire businessman planning to literally packing the kitchen sink for fundraising climb up Kenya’s Mount Kilimanjaro

Jim O’Toole on Kilimanjaro
Jim O’Toole on a previous climb up Mount Kilimanjaro.

A former High Sheriff of Clwyd is taking the expression ‘packing the kitchen sink’ literally a new level as he plans to climb Africa’s highest mountain with one strapped to his back.

Jim O’Toole, managing director of the Port of Mostyn, in undertaking the 10-day climb to reach the 5,895 summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of St Kentigern Hospice in St Asaph, of which he is chairman of.

If the climb itself wasn’t difficult enough, Jim is planning to complete his ascent with a 1.3 meter kitchen sink strapped to his back to represent the kitchen refurbishment he is fundraising for on behalf of the hospice.

In addition to the extended and modernised kitchen, the hospice is carrying out an extensive refurbishment and extension programme of the existing facilities together with the construction of a further four bedrooms for palliative care of cancer patients. 

Jim is departing on Saturday (15 June) and will be paying all his expenses for the climb himself, so that all money raised will go to the hospice.

He will be taking the longest route to the summit, known as ‘Shira2’, which should take him 8 days, meaning he is aiming to complete his ascent on the morning of 24th June. 

Speaking about his latest fundraising endeavour, Jim said: “I’m very much looking forward to the challenge and hopeful that carrying the kitchen sink to the summit will capture the public’s imagination and increase their awareness of the importance of the financial support that will be needed by St Kentigern Hospice well into the future”.

If you would like to support Jim’s fundraising initiative, you can do so via his JustGiving page.

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