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Morson sponsor pair undertaking Kilimanjaro Challenge
Amy and Danielle, related to the Morson-sponsored Paul Nicholls Stables, undertake the challenge in February
“We’ve done running, climbing and all sorts of other fitness training… but neither of us have practised the camping part!”
Amy Derham is the sister of Harry Derham, assistant to Morson-sponsored champion horse racing trainer Paul Nicholls. She doesn’t work with her brother at the yard, but is associated through working with her fathers sporting insurance business, All Sports Insurance, who include Morson rugby stars Sale Sharks among their clientele.
On 23rd February 2020, Amy and one of her best friends Danielle Baker (herself related to Nicholls’ yard through her father, head lad Clifford Baker) will be attempting to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. They will be attempting this feat to raise money for Child Bereavement UK, a charity close to the heart of Danielle, as Amy tells us:
“Danielle lost her mum when she was just 10 years old. Then, around 6 or 7 years ago, she lost her brother. So that’s why we’re looking to raise money for that charity. Our aim is to raise £10,000, half each, and we’re fortunate enough that we’re going to hit that target.”
Alongside their Kilimanjaro climb, the pair have also taken part in a fun run and will be hosting a Cheltenham Festival evening with Paul Nicholls on the panel.
To prepare for the daunting undertaking, the pair have been preparing in a number of ways:
“Danielle climbed a mountain in Europe and I’ve done the UK Three Peaks - Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scaffel Pike. Neither of us have practised the camping part yet though!”
On their week-long journey to summit the 5,895m (19,341ft) Kilimanjaro, the pair will spend four and a half days working their way up.
“We’re doing a route called the Machame route, which is slightly longer but it means you get more time to acclimatise. After the climb up, we spend a short time at the top and then it’s about a day and a half back down to the bottom. We’re both really excited for it! When we planned this over a year ago, February 2020 seemed like a long way away but it’s now right on top of us! We’ve spoken to a lot of people who say it’s tough but it’s an amazing experience.”
When the pair reach the bottom, it’ll be just a few days before they get to celebrate at one of the biggest dates in the horse racing calendar, the Cheltenham Festival.
“Wouldn’t it be nice to celebrate at Cheltenham with a Gold Cup win!”
Everyone at Morson would like to wish Amy and Danielle the very best of luck on their challenge. Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date!