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EACH Treehouse Appeal: Presenters' pledges
Lesley Dolphin and her fellow Kilimanjaro walkers
Lesley (far right) and team start their training at the BBC Suffolk steps

Lesley Dolphin will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the EACH Treehouse Appeal.

Meanwhile Georgina Wroe and Nigel Lungley will be cycling 425 miles and Darren Rozier is going on an epic walk, as BBC Suffolk staff do their part.

Lesley and her fellow climbers hope to raise £30,000 towards the new children's hospice in Ipswich.

"The EACH staff are amazing but need somewhere that allows them to provide extra support and care," said Lesley.

Lesley's mountainous challenge is just one example of how BBC Suffolk staff are doing their part to help raise the £3m needed to build a new children's hospice in Ipswich.

Mark Murphy and the Breakfast Show team will be walking 25 miles as part of the Orwell Walk, a crew from BBC Suffolk will be competing in the Dragon Boat Race and Lesley's producer Darren Rozier will be attempting a mammoth coastal walk.

Georgina Wroe on her bicycle
Georgina and Nigel will be cycling 70 miles a day

"I'm planning to walk around the Norfolk and Suffolk coasts," said Darren.

"Starting at Hunstanton and going all the way round to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, continuing on along the Suffolk Coast Path right down to Felixstowe."

Georgina Wroe and her producer Nigel Lungley will be cycling 420 miles in a coast to coast journey from St David's Head in Wales to Lowestoft - between 20 and 26 June.

While Georgina is a regular cyclist, Nigel has so far only completed two spinning classes at his local gym, and is yet to buy a bike.

Both have promised not to wear lycra.

"Knowing it's in the best possible cause will help us over the difficult parts," said Nigel. "The Treehouse appeal is something we're both determined to help."

Keep an eye on this page for further details - or take a look at the links on the right for more on the Orwell Walk and the Dragon Boat Race.

Ain't No Mountain High Enough

As for Lesley, her challenge will start on 7 January 2011 and she will spend 10 days on the trip in Tanzania.

The BBC Suffolk presenter will be part of a nine-strong team looking to conquer altitude sickness and climb almost 6000 metres.

Lesley says her challenge came out of the blue.

Mount Kilimanjaro
Lesley will be hoping to reach the summit in January

"Beware what happens when a group of friends come round for Sunday lunch!" she said. "My friend and Ipswich businessman Steve Flory likes a challenge.

"He has already been to Everest Base Camp and helped build a school in Africa so when he heard about the Treehouse appeal he knew he wanted to help and decided it was time for his next assignment - to climb Kilimanjaro!

"It was over lunch at Dolphin Murphy Towers, and after some red wine that I agreed I would go along as well!"

Lesley has done parachute jumps and abseils in the past and says that now she's reached her fifties ("I know that's hard to believe!" she said) she wants to test herself again.

The motivation of the potential hospice will keep her going.

"The Treehouse appeal is something I really want to be part of," she said. "I have visited the local hospices caring for adults in Suffolk and know what fantastic work they do I can't believe we don't already have the equivalent for children."

EACH provides care for life threatened children and also supports families, especially towards the end of their child's life.

"I have very good friends in America who lost a daughter to leukaemia and know just how important care for the whole family can be."

Epic challenge

Kilimanjaro is the world's tallest freestanding mountain and from there it is possible to see the curvature of the earth.

Fearne Cotton, Chris Moyles and Denise van Outen made the summit
Fearne Cotton, Chris Moyles and Denise van Outen made the summit

Rising 19,340 feet above sea level, Kilimanjaro lies 205 miles south of the equator and stands on Tanzania's northern border with Kenya.

Lesley's party from Ipswich will be using the same company, Exodus, that took the Comic Relief celebrities from BBC Radio 1 to the summit in 2009.

Lesley says the information she received from Exodus says 'please be aware many clients find the summit day on Kilimanjaro the toughest physical challenge of their life', so she's taking the challenge very seriously.

She has already started training and says her dog Satsuma cannot believe how many walks he's getting!

Lesley has also signed up for the gym and is ready for some rough living.

"The hair straighteners are going to have to stay at home!"

Donate now

You can help Lesley and her team reach their £30,000 target by donating money to their Just Giving page.

BBC Suffolk is helping East Anglia's Children's Hospices raise the £3m needed to build a new children's hospice in Ipswich.

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To give money, please send a cheque made payable to "EACH Treehouse Appeal" to:

EACH Treehouse Appeal, Epsilon House, West Road, Ipswich, IP3 9FJ

The appeal donation line number is 01473 276116.

Donate online at EACH Treehouse Appeal .





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