Teacher set to conquer world’s tallest free-standing mountain to raise funds for Sheffield hospital

A primary school teacher is preparing to climb the world’s tallest free-standing mountain to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Thursday, 7th February 2019, 13:18 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 17:19 pm
Sue Gorman, Year five teacher atAbbey Lane Primary School, will climbMount Kilimanjaro in September to raise money for Sheffield Children's Hospital charity.

Sue Gorman, Year five teacher at Abbey Lane Primary School, will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in September.

Sue said she knew that she wanted to walk up the mountain, which is the highest in Africa, as soon as the idea was suggested to her.

She said: “Over the years, I’ve done events for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and it’s always been a cause close to my heart.

“In the summer, I received an e-mail about the Kilimanjaro challenge and I thought ‘that’s just the type of challenge I’d like to do”.

For Sue, the challenge also reignited a personal passion, having previously studied Geography at university and initially beginning her career as a travel agent. 

She added: “I suppose that’s where the interest for seeing more of the world and wanting to experience what’s out there came from. It just struck me as an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”.

All her colleagues, governors and young students have got behind the challenge too.

Sue said: “The school have been incredibly supportive, from allowing me the time off to helping me with my fundraising.

“The children ask ‘have you climbed that mountain yet?’ most mornings. Even if they haven’t been to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, they’ve heard of it and they understand why I’m doing it”.

To accelerate her fundraising, Sue has also committed to running ten 10K races.

She said: “It’s an ideal distance to run, as each race is a challenge and lets you test yourself, without requiring huge amounts of training.

“The trail courses are my favourite because it’s a great opportunity to run in the countryside or through parks while raising money for a fantastic cause.”

Sue’s fundraising will aid the appeal for an expanded Emergency Department at the hospital.

It is a regional Major Trauma Centre, treating children from across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

Built to see a maximum of 32,000 patients a year, it now sees 60,000 children every 12 months.

Under the plans, the waiting room would expand to four times its current size, with an additional triage assessment area and more treatment, consultancy and examination rooms.

Sue said she chose to raise funds for the hospital after meeting lots of children who have been treated there.

She said: “Over the years, I’ve taught a lot of children who will have benefited from the care at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

“I feel very lucky that we have such a great hospital on our doorstep and with charity funding, we can make it the best we possibly can be”.

Cheryl Davidson, Community Fundraising Manager at The Children’s Hospital Charity thanked Sue for taking on the Kilimanjaro challenge.

She said: “It is really heart-warming to see everyone at Abbey Lane Primary come together to support Sue in her mission to climb Kilimanjaro for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

"An expanded Emergency Department has never been more needed. Every donation, large or small, makes a difference to young patients from across the UK and beyond, who depend on our hospital’s excellent care.”

Sheffield Children’s Hospital is one of only four children's hospitals in the UK, and is also a centre of excellence forging the way in paediatric care. 

Please visit the official website at www.tchc.org.uk for more information.