Weston Gasheads off to Kilimanjaro!

January 1, 2000

The brother and sister combination of Adrian and Sheridan Parker, along with good friend Merrick Concannon, all Bristol Rovers supporters from Weston-super-Mare, have just set off to trek Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for local charities (returning to England on Sunday 25th September).

The 7-day hike along Mount Kilimanjaro – which, in Northern Tanzania, still has two dormant volcanoes and is freestanding at almost 20,000 feet  –  is self-funded, with all monies collected going directly to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and Weston Hospice Care.

Adrian, aged 49, is a Newsagent based in the Hutton area of Weston; Merrick, aged 29 is also based in Weston as a Fork Lift Truck Driver; and Sheridan, aged 52, is a Nurse based at the old RAF Locking campsite. All three believe that taking part in the challenge will test themselves to the limit – both physically and mentally – and will be the hardest thing they will ever do.

‘It will be worth it’, says Merrick, who is raising funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, a charity that helped when his Father was diagnosed with the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia strain of the illness last year.

‘It will bring us to the edge, but hopefully we won’t fall off! The cash that we are raising is so vital to these charities, we’re just hoping to raise as much as possible.  We’re going to need as much energy as possible – bring on the Gas!’

Jim Chappell, Chairman Bristol Rovers Supporters Club said; “We wish Adrian, Sheridan and Merrick every success with their hike and fundraising efforts. This is a typical example of what a caring family club Bristol Rovers is and we look forward to giving them a warm welcome on their return.”

Merrick also has a JustGiving site in operation



   Adrian Parker(left) and Sheridan Parker (right), along with good friend Merrick Concannon (centre),  all Bristol Rovers supporters from Weston-super-Mare, prepare to set off to trek Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and Weston Hospice Care.


For further information please contact:

Merrick Concannon on  07834 381 110 (reception may sometimes be difficult)

  • Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research is the only charity in the UK dedicated exclusively to researching blood cancer and disorders including Leukaemia, Hodgkin’s and other Lymphoma’s and Myeloma.

  •  Weston Hospice Care was established to provide pallative care for people living with Cancer and other life threating illnesses. From humble beginnings Weston Hospice Care today boasts a wide range of services including a Day Hospice, Hospice at Home and a 10 bedded In-Patient Unit, The Hospice cares for around 1,300 people and their families each year.



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