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Trekking To The Top: Q&A with Parlour Assistant, Emily

You may have noticed that we love to give as much support to charities as possible, whether we’re donating a Play Pass for a raffle prize or raising money by wearing crazy costumes and this month our very own Emily Cuffin-Munday will be trekking to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro (all 6,000m) in aid of Hope For Children.

 

Emily began working for us just over a year ago as a part time Ice Cream Parlour Assistant to fit in with her study of Chemistry at The University of Manchester. We managed to take some time out with her (when she wasn’t training or scooping ice cream!) to find out all about the charity challenge.

 

Why have you decided to climb Kilimanjaro?
I’ve always loved hiking and raising money for smaller charities, so when the opportunity arose through university to climb Kilimanjaro I had to take it! I’ve taken part in lots of Wirral Walks over the years and in 2016 I completed the National Three Peaks Challenge for Epilepsy Society, LUPUS UK and CLAPA, but I now want a bigger challenge.

 

What will you be doing whilst out in Tanzania?
I will be in Tanzania for two and a half weeks and have so much planned, including the trek. On the first day, I will be staying in Moshi, a town in Tanzania just below Kilimanjaro, where I will be visiting orphanages that Hope For Children has worked with.
I then begin the six day climb up Kilimanjaro trekking through the rainforest. During the climb, we’ll scramble up the Barranco Wall but it will all be worth it to see the sun rise when we reach the summit!
From my work at The Ice Cream Farm I’ve also managed to save up for a two day safari and a trip to Zanzibar after the trek to relax a bit before the flight home.

 

What do you think will be the biggest challenge out there?
I know I will find the lack of sleep difficult but I think the biggest challenge will be coping with the altitude as I have never climbed that high before. I’m so excited as it’s such an amazing experience and can’t wait to trek in an environment I’ve never been before, but I am apprehensive about suffering from altitude sickness.

 

How much are you hoping to raise for Hope For Children and what will the money raised go towards?
I’m aiming to raise £3,000 for Hope For Children and I’m just over two thirds of the way there now. The £3,000 will go towards the projects that Hope For Children have set up in the UK, Tanzania, Ghana, Sri Lanka, India, Uganda and Philippines to provide a better health care, education and a more sustainable life for the children that need it most in these parts of the world.

 

Last but by no means least, what is your favourite ice cream flavour?
It’s too hard to pick just one, so it has got to be a toss-up between Mango and Passionfruit and Cointreau and Orange.

 

If you’d like to support Emily in raising money for this fantastic charity you can donate to her page here. Make sure you follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too as we’ll be updating you on Emily’s progress throughout the month.