Huge congratulations to Changing Lives Operational Manager, Andy Ryan, for completing the ultimate climbing challenge of a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa to raise funds for Changing Lives.

kilimanjaro 3Andy started the trek on a Sunday morning and hit the summit by 9am on the following Thursday morning, finishing at the gate of the park on the Friday afternoon.

Andy has raised an amazing amount of £4,000 so far for Changing Lives. Thank you to everyone who has supported Andy with his Kilimanjaro challenge so far. It is much appreciated.


Andy is also running the Great North Run and is still accepting donations via his Just Giving page . You can donate by text by texting: BRIO75 with the amount of either £2, £4 or £10 to 70070 Kilimanjaro


Tanzania is an amazing place and the presence of Kilimanjaro will stay with me for life. The trek was beautiful and painful, a chance of a lifetime to sit on the rooftop of Africa. There were times when I felt like giving up but the group, laughter and general spirit kept me moving forward. I still feel like the whole experience is registering with me. I have had a chance to meet some wonderful people and as in recovery the ‘we’ is much stronger than the ’I’

Andy Ryan