October 2017 will mark the 21st anniversary since Joel Wood of Assured Life Advisers broke his back following an unprovoked attack in which he was stabbed in the chest and subsequently suffered a fall of 21-feet on to a motorway. Back then, aged just 21, Joel set himself the challenge of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, with surgical metal work in his back, a pelvis that had been broken in a couple of places and an arm that had been broken in only one.
Why Kilimanjaro? If you ask Joel, he’ll say, like Mallory, “Because it’s there”. And Africa looked pretty attractive from his makeshift ward back at his parents’ home. With ignorance and the arrogance of youth on his side, once Joel was mobile he set off to take on the challenge of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He did this, every one of its 5,895m, much to the delight of friends and family back home.
Now, 21 years later, Joel will be returning to ‘Kili’ together with approximately 40 other individuals, each with their own reasons for setting out to “kill the hill” and collectively to raise much needed funds for, among others, the Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF).
Oh, and whilst they’re there, they’ll be attempting to secure a place in the Guinness Book of World Records by staging the highest-ever game of football, played within the crater of this now (hopefully) dormant volcano.
The game will be refereed by the former Premier League official and You Are The Ref International Senior Coach, Mark Halsey.
This epic challenge seeks to raise much needed funds for The Christie Hospital in Manchester, the Rugby League Benevolent Fund and – Assured Life’s principle charity – the Steve Prescott Foundation Special Causes Fund.
As the internationally-acclaimed website and challenge sponsors You Are The Ref put it:
“Steve Prescott MBE, who played for England, St Helens and Hull FC during an illustrious Rugby League career which spanned a decade, set up the Steve Prescott Foundation in 2007 after being diagnosed with a rare form of abdominal cancer. After raising almost £500,000, he died in 2013 at the age of just 39. The SPF has continued his astonishing legacy by passing the £1 Million mark in donations”
Assured Life Advisers are proud to be supporting the SPF and this Kilimanjaro challenge forms the cornerstone of this year’s charitable activity. Working with their clients, be they business owners or families, Assured Life Advisers are there to protect businesses and livelihoods through arranging appropriately tailored life insurance solutions with the potential to protect the livelihoods of those insured and those of their families and loved ones.
Although charities provide an often much-needed lifeline to those most in need, having life insurance to protect your business or family against loss of life, or a critical illness, can be much more affordable than many people may think – the benefits payable at a time of need can provide the lifeline that could mean the difference between life and death.
You can follow the team as they take on this challenge here:
Twitter: @youaretheref @Kili4Precky @StevePrescott1 @SPFCHARITY @RefereeHalsey
The Steve Prescott Foundation: https://www.steveprescottfoundation.co.uk/