Taking Care to New Heights

One of our Outstanding rated offices took care to new heights with a trek up one of the world’s largest mountains.

Fiona Clark, head of operations at Home Instead Chesterfield, raised an amazing £554 for the charity Mind, by trekking 5,895 metres up Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. 

Fiona, 30, decided to raise money for Mind, a mental health charity that offers advice and supports people experiencing mental health problems. Mind also campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health.  

As well as celebrating reaching the summit, Fiona celebrated Chesterfield’s recent Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), England’s independent care sector regulator. Only three per cent of home care providers have been awarded this rating, making this a truly impressive achievement. 

Fiona said: “I am always up for a challenge and have always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro, so when they opportunity arose, I just couldn’t say no. The climb wasn’t easy and took seven days from top to bottom, but it was totally worth it. Reaching the summit and also receiving an Outstanding from the CQC was the icing on the cake.”  

Stephanie Metham, co-owner of Home Instead Chesterfield said: “The team and I are incredibly proud of Fiona and the unbelievable accomplishment she has achieved. At Home Instead, we see how mental health affects our elderly clients every day and we know how important good mental wellbeing is. The money Fiona has raised will help Mind significantly.”