Wellingborough chief’s mountainous challenge to raise Niamh’s Next Step cash

Sarah Stoute on Snowdon as part of her training
Sarah Stoute on Snowdon as part of her training

The chief executive of a medical products company is climbing the highest mountain in Africa to raise money for research into a rare childhood cancer.

Sarah Stoute, the chief executive of Wellingborough-based Full Support Healthcare, a leading supplier of single-use surgical and medical products to the NHS, is hoping to raise £10,000 for Niamh’s Next Step by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, starting on Friday, February 20.

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

Chris and Sam Curry set up Niamh’s Next Step in memory of their daughter Niamh who died of neuroblastoma aged five. Research into the cancer does not receive any Government or NHS funding.

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. I have put in gruelling hours of training, I go for daily runs and have even installed a running machine and high altitude simulating training machine in my office at the company headquarters. In addition, my daily routine has had to accommodate a number of long walks and PT sessions with my trainer Jane Valentino at Bannatyne’s gym in Wellingborough, who has been of immense support.”

Sarah is also organising a race night on Saturday from 7pm at the Masonic Hall, Wellingborough Road, Rushden. Tickets cost £10 per person and include a fish and chip supper and a licensed bar. And on Friday, February 13, she has organised a fundraising 80s night at the Horseshoe pub in Sywell, from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £20 and 80s style dress is optional.

Tickets for both events are available from Full Support Healthcare on 01933 672180. To donate to Sarah’s climb go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/sarahstoute.

For details about Niamh’s Next Step go to www.niamhsnextstep.com.