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Reds duo conquer Kilimanjaro for Community Trust

22 October 2019

Nottingham Forest season card holders, and brothers, Sheldon Miller and Lucas Miller have successfully summitted Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s largest free-standing mountain, flying the flag on the roof of Africa to raise funds for the club’s Community Trust’s ‘It’s Tricky to Talk’ project.

Sheldon and Lucas, both of Nottingham, took on the climb with their father to mark his 70th birthday. Whilst taking on this mammoth task they thought it would be a great opportunity to raise some money for two worthy Nottingham sporting community trust causes. They knew they wanted to support a charitable group related to dementia in light of their grandparents who both unfortunately suffered with the condition in the past and after they saw our 'It's Tricky To Talk' programme they said that 'this campaign really resonated' with them and decided that half of the money raised should go towards this as well.

Half of Sheldon and Lucas’ fundraising is going towards our the club’s Community Trust new mental health campaign, It’s Tricky Talk, to encourage fans to talk more openly about mental health problems and seek support. We know hold a bi-weekly 'Tricky Hub' here at The City Ground which is an informal and relaxed social hub for people living with mental health issues or generally just struggling with life. You can find out more about the programme here.

The 'It's Tricky To Talk' programme is a very important initiative for them as good friend and long standing Nottingham Forest fan, Clyde Scothern Snr sadly took his own life earlier this year.

They said: "The Tricky to Talk fundraising is in Clyde’s memory, to raise awareness of mental health and the ‘Tricky to Talk’ project. We all support the club, the manager and the players. This is about supporting off the pitch just as much. Supporting the supporters and those who may need it.

"Clyde, who was actually present at both of Nottingham Forest's European Cup victories, had been struggling with his mental health for around 18 months before he sadly made the decision to take his own life in April. Clyde's son, Clyde Scothern Jnr, explained "He ended up feeling like he was on his own. That is part of a severe mental health condition, but you have to try and help people realise that they are not alone and it's not a negative thing to speak out and say I could do with a bit more help."

The other half of their fundraising is going towards Trent Bridge’s ‘Forget Me Notts’ initiative which has been running for two years now holds sessions to encourage people living with Dementia to be active and also give their carers a ‘well-earned break’. Teaming up with several leading sports clubs, including ourselves, to deliver a variety of activities that engage and support people across Nottinghamshire.

The Miller Brothers said scaling Mount Kilimanjaro over 8 days while camping up and down the mountain was the hardest thing they have done physically to date.

Sheldon said: “Mount Kilimanjaro is the largest free standing mountain in the World standing at 5,895 metres. It’s difficult to fully appreciate what that actually means, I didn’t until I started trekking. It’s an absolute monster of a mountain; it’s mass is 40km across and it has four different, distinct zones: rainforest, moorland, alpine desert and artic summit. Taking 6 days to the summit to scale each, it feels like you are effectively climbing 4 mountains in one.

“Such is the sheer size, for half the trek you can’t see the summit you are aiming at because of it’s sheer size, there are so many false summits that just when you feel you have scaled a key height, the mountain then reveals another massive challenge ahead. Added with acute mountain sickness, which hit me bad on Day 4 and almost wiped me out, it’s an absolute slog at times.

“You just have to programme your brain to override your body and the physical pain. What keeps you going is thinking about those people who support you and those you are working to support. Carrying the flag in my bag I just kept thinking of us flying that on the summit to keep the red flag flying high! Our father, aged 70, did amazingly well. He was the eldest in the group and found it a real struggle at times, as I did, but he kept pushing on.”

Please show your support for Sheldon and Lucas by donating to their fundraiser here.

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