British woman climbing Mount Kenya to fundraise for hospice which supported her family

Sophie-Leigh Brunton
Sophie-Leigh Brunton. Photo: Facebook

A British woman is climbing the highest mountain in Kenya as a fundraising exercise to thank a bereavement team which supported her family in their time of need.

Sophie-Leigh Brunton from West Mercia will be trekking up Mount Kenya to Point Lenana, the third highest peak at 4,985 meters on 18 August to thank St Helena Hospice Starbursts for the help her family received from their grief support programme. 

Sophie’s stepmother Sally was diagnosed with breast cancer and brain tumours in March 2013 and a mum with a three-year-old son, regular counselling sessions provided by the programme helped her continue family life.

Day Therapies sessions gave her another outlet for her frustration and it while there she created a memory box of letters and keepsakes for her son, Charlie.

Just after Christmas 2016, Sally was moved into the hospice where she died in January 2017, aged just 42.

Seven year old Charlie has continued to receive support from the Starbursts team through their monthly drop-in grief programme for young families, and now has one-to-one counselling.

As part of her training, Sophie has climbed Mount Snowdon and if you would like to support her fundraising effort, you can do so via her JustGiving page

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