Wellingborough chief executive raises £12,000 for Niamh’s Next Step

Sarah Stoute presenting a cheque for �12,397.60 to Chris Curry from Niamh's Next Step
Sarah Stoute presenting a cheque for �12,397.60 to Chris Curry from Niamh's Next Step

The chief executive of a medical products company has smashed her fundraising target by raising more than £12,000 after climbing the highest mountain in Africa.

Sarah Stoute, chief executive of Wellingborough-based Full Support Healthcare, which supplies single-use surgical and medical products to the NHS, was hoping to raise £10,000 for Niamh’s Next Step by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in February.

The company already donates a portion of its sales to the charity, which supports research into the treatment of childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

But after conquering the 5,895m peak, Sarah was able to present a cheque smashing her original target when she gave £12,397.60 to Chris Curry. Chris and wife Sam set up Niamh’s Next Step in memory of their daughter, Niamh, who died of neuroblastoma aged just five in May 2012.

Speaking to the Telegraph earlier this year, Sarah said: “I first became interested in Niamh’s Next Step when I read an article about Niamh and the charity which was set up in her memory in Northamptonshire Image magazine.

“After meeting Chris Curry, Niamh’s father and chairman of the Niamh’s Next Step charity, I decided to donate a proportion of the sales of the Full Support Healthcare pink surgical gowns to this great cause, which supports research into the treatment of neuroblastoma.

“For my 40th birthday I asked for donations to the charity rather than presents but decided this year that I really wanted to set myself a big challenge and decided that a seven-day climb up Mount Kilimanjaro would fit the bill.”

Sarah’s training included daily runs and installing a running machine and high altitude simulating training machine in her office at the company headquarters.

Her preparation also included long walks and sessions with a personal trainer.