Conquering Mont Blanc for The Kano Foundation

A little over a year ago, long-time Kano Foundation supporter Jokey Reid contacted our Trustee Tommy to discuss an idea he had about raising money for us. It centred around him and his partner Lorraine climbing Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe at 15,776.7ft.

“I didn’t know you were into climbing and that” said Tommy. “We’re not” said Jokey “but we’re going to give it a bash”.

And so began their training: ‘bagging’ the Scottish munros and learning how to ice-climb.

Jokey and Lorraine

It culminated in an expedition to the Alps in the middle of June where they spent six days trying to reach the top but were given the devastating blow that, just 500 metres from the summit, it was too dangerous to carry on. It was an unbelievable effort and, while they were disappointed that they didn’t reach the summit, we were delighted with their efforts and glad that they were safe and sound.

Imagine our delight when they sent out a message two weeks later saying they had conquered it! This time was a full on assault: they hadn’t trained since coming home and had no time to acclimatise.   They went straight up and down in 15 hours, in 27km in deep snow, -20 degrees and IN THE DARK!

Mont Blanc summit

At the recent match versus Kilmarnock, our Patron Tom Boyd accepted a cheque from Jokey and Lorraine for £15,000! An absolutely mind-blowing amount donated on the day that we welcomed our 5000th child through the turnstile.

Jokey & Lorraine at half time`

You can find out more about this incredible journey and accomplishment on their dedicated Facebook page, The Kano Foundation / Mont Blanc Charity Climb.

Watch this amazing video put together by Lorraine

Hear all about it in a HomeBhoys Extra podcast available through Hail Hail Media here.

Watch their half-time interview here

From all of us at The Kano Foundation, our hats are well and truly tipped to both of you. Thank you and well done!