Over-60s prepare for the climb of a lifetime

Winslow over 60s climbing Kilimanjaro. From the left, Peter Gellatley, Denise Myers,Nigel Turnbull, Esther Turnbull and Gary Eastman.'130820M-D471
Winslow over 60s climbing Kilimanjaro. From the left, Peter Gellatley, Denise Myers,Nigel Turnbull, Esther Turnbull and Gary Eastman.'130820M-D471
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A group of over-60s from the Rotary Club of Winslow are about to embark of the climb of a lifetime.

Dentist Peter Gellatley and chartered physiotherapist Denise Myers from Winslow, retired managing director Gary Eastman from Twyford, retired finance director Nigel Turnbull and his wife Esther from East Claydon are climbing Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world and the highest in Africa.

The five, with a total age of 320, will begin the 6,000-mile climb on September 14, aiming to see the sun rise over the continent on the morning of September 21.

They are raising money for Help For Heroes, the Puzzle Centre in Middle Claydon and Florence Nightingale Hospice At Home.

Team leader Mr Gellatley is marking his 40 years at Tavistock House dental practice in Aylesbury, 50 years since beginning his dental studies at the Royal London Hospital and five years in the Royal Navy.

He and Mr Eastman raised £7,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support in 2000 by walking from the North Atlantic to the North Sea along the Great Glen Way. In 2004, with three others, they climbed the Three Peaks, raising nearly £14,000 for children’s charities.

This is the first such challenge for Mrs Myers, who joined Rotary in memory of her husband Geoff, and Mr and Mrs Turnbull.

Wellwishers can donate direct to the Rotary Club of Winslow Trust Fund at www.justgiving.com/rcowtf