Earlier this summer, we hosted England Rugby World Cup winner, Will Greenwood and his team of 14 ‘trekkers’ in their preparation to summit Kilimanjaro for the charity Borne.

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Raising over £400,000 for Borne, the team who successfully summited the 5,895m peak of the mountain included a lead neonatal nurse at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, a midwife, investment bankers, a photographer, two doctors, a gym director, and CEO of Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity.

Climbing with The Altitude Centre partner, Charity Challenge, Team Green – including Will and his wife Caro – had to battle blizzards and temperatures of -20 degrees, but all 14 summited safely and successful.

International rugby star Will found the more challenging than ever imagined: ‘I struggled on all levels. I was as close to giving up as I have ever been, but the team and the reasons why we were there meant giving up wasn’t an option.

‘The lowest point of the trip was thinking it couldn’t get any tougher, and then walking into a blizzard. However, we all made it to the summit and we hugged, we cried, we came back down. We all loved it.’

Borne is a collaboration between Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity and the maternity team at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, aiming to reduce disability and death in newborn babies. In the UK, more than one in 10 babies are born prematurely, and premature birth accounts for over 70 per cent of disability and death in newborn babies. The £400,000 raised will enable the charity to continue its vital work in preventing disability and death in childbirth and creating lifelong health for mothers and babies.

To find out more visit www.borne.org.uk. To support and congratulate Team Greens on their fantastic challenge, visit: www.justgiving.com/willgreenwood or text WILL13 and the amount you want to donate to 70070 (eg WILL13 £10 to 70070)