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Consultant Conquers Kilimanjaro to Support Local Hospice

Hospital Consultant Conquers Kilimanjaro For Charity 1A West Midlands Hospital Consultant has conquered Africa’s highest peak to raise over £3,000 for charity.

Mr Raj Patel climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise money for the Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, an organisation which is close to his heart because of the care they provided to his mother some years ago.

The General Surgery expert teamed up with a group from the UK who climbed up to the mountain’s summit during the week-long trip organised and co-ordinated by Action Challenge.

Mr Patel is a Consultant Surgeon in Laparoscopic and Colorectal surgery and is based at the private hospital in Halesowen.

He prepared for the trek by doing regular long distance walks in the Peak District, Snowdonia and the Malvern Hills to build up his fitness and stamina.

Mount Kilimanjaro rises to 5,895 metres (29,200 Feet) above sea level and is a popular climbing destination.

West Midlands Hospital has supported the long serving consultant in his quest by donating £200 to St Mary’s Hospice.

Mr Patel, of Harborne, said: “It was a hard challenge but it was an amazing experience with the trek starting at 2000 metres above sea level with a gradual ascent to get acclimatised over a five day period.

“Camping each night on hard cold sloping surfaces with temperatures below zero was the hardest part and experiencing high temperatures during the day whilst trekking for 14 to 15 hours was exhausting but it was worth it for such a good cause.

“The view at the top was breathtaking and it feels great to have completed this challenge with such a fantastic group of people and very helpful and supportive local Tanzanian mountain guides.

“I’ve trekked across the Himalayas in Tibet and I love walking and hiking in my spare time but this was a different experience.

“It was both mentally and physically challenging especially on summit night when we started out in the night to avoid the hot sun and reached the summit at dawn with fantastic views of the sunrise at the top of Africa’s highest peak. Looking down at the clouds and the glacier was just amazing.”

West Midlands Hospital offers a wide range of surgeries and treatments including Cosmetic Surgery, hip and knee surgery, eye surgery and spinal surgery and patients can pay privately for their treatment to speed up the process.

Mr Patel added: “I’m extremely thankful to everyone who has supported me with this adventure.

“Emily Boate from St Mary’s Hospice has sent warm congratulations from all the hospice team who are very grateful for the donation of over £3000.”

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