A HOSPICE’S chairman is planning to climb African’s highest mountain with a kitchen sink on his back.

In June, St Kentigern Hospice Chairman Jim O’Toole will set out on a personal challenge up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for extension work currently underway at the St Asaph base.

Jim intends to carry a sink, which has donated by B&Q Rhyl, to the summit.

“St Kentigern is currently investing to ensure that the facilities at the hospice are modernise and extended to meet the increasing palliative care needs of the local community,” Jim said.

“The new kitchen facilities will be at the centre of the hospice providing meals for patients and visitors and also to service the new community café.

“I’m very much looking forward to the challenge and hopeful that carrying the kitchen sink to the summit will capture the public’s imagination and increase their awareness of the importance of the financial support that will be needed by St Kentigern Hospice well into the future.”

The refurbishment involves an extension programme of the existing facilities together with the construction of a further four bedrooms for palliative care of cancer patients.

The new facilities will include an extended and modernise kitchen for which Jim has undertaken to help raise the necessary funds.

Jim took over the voluntary role of chairman St Kentigern in 2017.

He plans to take the Shira Route up Kilimanjaro which starts at 3,600 meters and aims to reach the mountain summit on the morning of June 24.

This is the longest route to the summit which should take him eight days.

Laura Parry, fundraising manager at St Kentigern Hospice, said: “We are overwhelmed by this phenomenal support from Jim and are looking forward to hearing all about the climb.”