A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by the Cancer Support Group here in Mallorca. They asked me if I would do a poster for them. Apparently, someone had let the cat out of the bag that I did this sort of thing. In short, I said sure – I’d be happy to do one, send me the details. And they did. What I was sent nearly blew my socks off.

A local lady called Jan Wells was proposing to climb Kilimanjaro, the 20,000-foot mountain known as the roof of Africa. This was planned for the end of this year, 2019, and she was looking for sponsorship – hence the poster. All so averagely-interesting so far, but then I read Jan’s story which I will let her recount for herself below.


In November 2017 I was diagnosed with cervical cancer, but I was one of the lucky ones and fortunately, after an operation I needed no further treatment. However, having been through that experience, I know how frightening and lonely it can be at times despite being surrounded by loved ones. I contacted the Mallorca Cancer Support group and found their help invaluable.

They do an amazing job of supporting the ever increasing number of people affected by cancer and I now feel it’s time to give back and to help them continue their work. I plan to do this and help my own recovery to full fitness by challenging myself to climb Mt Kilimanjaro ( at 5895m the highest mountain in Africa) in December 2019. – Jan Wells


I recall a pleasant but none-too-relaxing climb up a small pimple of a hill in Sta. Ponsa recently, along with a few other RC Calvía International members. Elevation around 90 metres, if we stretch it. This woman is climbing nearly six thousand metres, equivalent to almost two-thirds the way up Everest. Hence the reason for the uncommon disturbance to my footwear. 

If you want to help sponsor Jan, all proceeds to the Cancer Support Group, Mallorca – then go to http://pdep.uk/kiliman and give her a heave from your pocketbook. Thank you.

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