Glasgow Caledonian University students climb Kilimanjaro

The CLIC Sargent Challenges team loves nothing more than to celebrate the successes of our amazing participants than by sharing their stories and achievements.

This is the story of a group of students at Glasgow Caledonian University and their journey to the roof of Africa.

Glasgow Caledonian University students climb Kilimanjaro

19 brave students travelled to Tanzania in July 2015 to conquer the world’s tallest freestanding mountain to raise money for CLIC Sargent in memory of fellow GCU student Allistair Boyd.  

Allistair Boyd passed away in 2009 after being diagnosed with cancer in 2005 and a society has been created on campus to continue his legacy. 

The students have been fitting their fundraising activities around their studies over the past year.

These have included race nights, bucket collections, a black tie ball, cake sales, ceilidh dance, raffles and much much more. 

Over £68,000 raised so far

To date, the team has raised over £68,000 which could pay for 70 families to stay in one of our nine Homes from Home for a whole month.

A Home from Home is a place where families can stay for free, so that they can be close to their child during cancer treatment.

Phil Wheatley, team leader from the Allister Boyd Legacy Group, said: “It was exhausting but what an incredible experience – and ultimately for an amazing cause! I couldn't be happier!

"Our determination to reach the summit came from everyone who has donated to CLIC Sargent over the last year to support children and families going through cancer treatment.” 

“We would definitely recommend others to do it.” 

Thank you for all your support GCU – you’re all stars!

Take on a challenge

If you’ve been inspired by our group of students and would like to take on a challenge, put on an event, hold a collection or volunteer for CLIC Sargent, then we’d love to hear from you. To find out more email: