The fight against heart and lung disease is an ongoing one.

I joined the trust in summer 2021 in my role within Psychiatry. In all honesty, it was quite overwhelming but equally has been nothing short of extraordinary and awe inspiring. Being able to witness and work closely on several patient journeys with pioneers in their fields; from severe illness to heart/lung transplantation to recovery. A new lease of life.

We’ve all been affected in one way or another by the pandemic whether it be loss of wealth, health or provisions. However, something that has stood out for me in the healthcare sector is the sense of community and camaradarie. There is nothing greater than a community who unites everyone irrespective of background through opportunity, collaboration and a sense of belongingness. This is the sense I get from Harefield.

And what better way to celebrate, pay tribute and bring people together than to fundraise and summit the ‘Roof of Africa’ standing @ 5985m (19,341ft)! (I hope)

This is also a recognition of the endless work across RBHH by all clinical and non clinical teams who are strongly committed to delivering high quality care for patients and relatives. And a special shout-out to the psychological medicine team across RBHH; you rock! 😉

If you could kindly donate and/or raise awareness by sharing this cause to your families, friends, communities and even across social media then I would be most grateful. No amount is too small, every effort is meaningful.

I’ll be posting regular updates before, during (signal dependent) and after the trek focusing on everything Kilimanjaro; training, gear and wider preparation. No more Starbucks waffles :(

So feel free to follow my Instagram: @HassAliG and Twitter: @PsychHassan (if you can bear it)

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Charity does not decrease wealth”. (Sahih Muslim 2588)

100% of proceeds go directly to the Transplant Unit @ Harefield.

Preliminary dates Jan 2022:
13th - Finish work. Head to the airport.
14th - Arrival in Moshi aka The 'Gateway'
15th - Trek begins
21st/22nd - Summit!
23rd - Return to London
24th - Back to work

Hakuna Matata! ☺️ Hassan Ghaffar