The Congo Tree

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Climbing Nyiragongo

The Congo Tree / The Bridge Project

Jul 16 2016

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  • All the way up there... it's really steep!!!

    All the way up there... it's really steep!!!

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In April this year, I climbed Nyiragongo Volcano which sits 30kms north of Goma, DRC, for the second time. I was taking a group of friends and colleagues up with me, and as I had already climbed before, I was meant to be the general encourager and motivator to remind the group that it was in fact possible and also desirable to reach the top... About 45 minutes in to the ridiculously tough 5 hour hike, I'll be honest and say that the only thing going through my head was 'why on earth did I agree to do this again!??!?! 

And now, on the 16th July 2016, I will be attempting to defeat the volcano for the third time. I must be crazy! So why

Well, to join in from a distance with my dear friends at The Bridge Project in Birmingham, who will be scaling the heights of Ben Nevis on the very same day.

The Bridge Project is very close to my heart, and having worked there during my student years, I find myself still in awe of the work that such a committed group of people do to support those beating drug and alcohol addiction.

Ben Kyte explains: "Drugs and alcohol shouldn’t control or limit anybody’s life. But there are so many people who find themselves trapped and desperate, seemingly without a way out. The Bridge is a residential drug-and-alcohol recovery project that helps people beat addiction and re-gain their lives. We run three six-bedroom houses in Birmingham, for 12 men and six women respectively, as well as a full-time recovery programme.

The Bridge has provided supported accommodation for 15 years; and has run a drug-and-alcohol recovery programme for seven years. We receive no statutory funding for our recovery programme and are only able to continue because of the generous donations of trusts, community organisations and individuals - people like you! Thanks for supporting us to help people beat addiction. Your giving really does turn people's lives around."

For more information on The Bridge Project, you can go to: I will be ensuring that half of the money raised goes to the The Bridge. 

As I'm taking on a challenge in the Democratic Republic of Congo, it seemed only right to also raise money for our charity, The Congo Tree. The Congo Tree is working with young people who have grown up in conflict, training them in transferable skills, mentoring them, and supporting them to run social action projects and small business in their communities. We know that they will be the change that is needed in their world. Half the money raised by this challenge will go directly to our next training programme in DRC, which is currently planned to be with young people from 2 of the poorest neighbourhoods in Goma in August. For more information, please take a look at 

Please do give as generously as you can - I'm going to need all the motivation I can get to reach the top!!!

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Active & Health – Mountain Climbing

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Heidi Bentley

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