Ten climbers from Australia and England climbed Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Chester based Save the Family.

The climbers set off on the trek up the mountain on September 7 2015 and succeeded in overcoming altitude sickness, dehydration and exhaustion to reach the summit and return to base. The climb was a tough five days upward climb above the clouds and with less and less oxygen, followed by a very swift two day descent.

The route is known amongst the Guides and Porters as the ‘whiskey’ route and the scenery, rainforest, volcanic rock, clear crisp starry nights and the camping were all amazing.

All participants agree that this was something that was thoroughly enjoyed but not one to be repeated!

The trip was life changing, inspiring, tough, full of stories and adventure. The power of love, friendship, simplicity, sharing and supportiveness was evident, essential and felt by all.

The Tanzanian people, families, children and parents are all incredible. The group visited an orphanage and several family homes and donated clothes, pens, paper, money and toys to as many as possible. Plus lots of walking kit was donated afterwards to the Guides and Porters that work tirelessly on the majestic mountain.

If you are able to help visit https:// www.justgiving.com/clare-thomas17 or https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/clarethomas1

Currys PC World in Chester has chosen the Save the Family as its partner charity this year.

To celebrate the launch of the latest iPhone, a refreshed store at the Greyhound Retail Park and the work of volunteers and staff at the charity organised a day of fun and entertainment.

Activities included car washing, tombolas, raffles, lucky dips, henna tattoos, competitions and homemade cakes helped to raise £984 which will directly help vulnerable families.

Raffle winners collected prizes such as vacuum cleaners, laptops, satellite navigation systems and cuddly toys.

Save the Family took children and their parents to see Circus Starr at the Grosvenor Garden Centre recently.

The interactive critically acclaimed show included Chico Rico the Clown, the breath taking Serik Brothers and Romy enchanting the audience from high in the roof of the Big Top.

If you are able to help a family in crisis experience respite or a trip out and chance to smile, please contact Clare on tel: 01244 333828 or info@savethefamily.uk.com