Funds for charity hike double in two weeks

Sam raised more than �150 at the band night at The Davy Lamp Pub in Ilkeston
Sam raised more than �150 at the band night at The Davy Lamp Pub in Ilkeston

A determined student who is set to climb one of the world’s tallest peaks, Mount Kilimanjaro for Childreach International has almost doubled his fundraising efforts after featuring in the ‘Tiser.

Sam Gent, 19, of Cotmanhay Road had only raised £800 two weeks ago, but after hosting a cake stall, band night at a local pub and featuring in the paper he has raised more than £1,400 with support from local businesses.

Ilkeston based timber merchants SV Timber Ltd gave £350 after the band night at The Davy Lamp pub in The Triangle, while accountants AHBS Ltd of Mundy Street in Ilkeston donated £25.

“The support has just been overwhelming and I can’t believe how close I am to my target of £2,650 in a short space of time,” said Sam.

“I really want to thank SV Timber and AHBS as their help will make the difference to children across the world.”

Local businesses, Harper and Finch, Petals Flowers, Weleda and George’s Traditional Fish and Chips have also provided raffle prizes for Sam’s upcoming fundraiser, a family themed day featuring stalls, face painting and a raffle on Sunday, April 19 at The Mallard pub in Ilkeston.

The Nottingham Trent University student added: “I never anticipated my fundraising going so well and I really cannot wait to take on this challenge to prove to all my donators that I can do it.

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