HB Leisure has announced it is to match all funds raised in support of its chairman Tim Batstone, after he climbed the 19,341ft Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Rays of Sunshine.
The skill game provider confirmed it would double the fundraising amount through its own donation, pushing the total up to nearly £30,000 for Batstone’s attempt on Africa’s highest peak.
“Over the last few months, Tim has put in a huge amount of preparation,” said a statement from HB Leisure on 14 August. “This has included work on fitness, fund-raising and logistics.”
“In support of Tim, all money raised before his descent – Saturday 17 August – will be matched by HB Leisure. As the fund is currently approaching £15,000, excluding the HB Leisure donation, the final amount should really make a difference.”
Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest free-standing mountain, posing a range of physical and mental challenges to climbers.
“Coming off the mountain to see all the support and messages has made me really emotional,” said Batstone following his descent.
“Thank you so, so much to everyone, including the local team of guides and porters.”
The final donation figure will go to Rays of Sunshine via the Bacta Charitable Trust.