VS Group is pleased to finally announce the charities that Managing Director, Kevin Penman, will be raising money for as part of his self-funded Mount Kilimanjaro climb.

Kevin has chosen a selection of charities to raise money for that are of personal significance, the main one of which will be Forever Manchester.

Kevin said “I chose Forever Manchester as the primary beneficiary of the money raised by the climb as I wanted to give something significant back to Manchester, where VS Group’s Head Office is located and where we have grown to become so strong since the company launched in 2012”

“As a Forever Manchester partner, I already have a close relationship with the charity and its staff and I strongly believe in the incredible work that they do for Manchester’s community and its people”.

Forever Manchester funds community activity across Greater Manchester, having delivered over £36 million pounds to the local community since its beginning, which has helped over a million people within the county.


Forever Manchester Logo

In addition to Forever Manchester, Kevin will also be raising money for a several other charities too, including Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support.  Bluebell Wood provide an invaluable service to families in the Sheffield area, giving care and support for children with shortened life expectancy.  Macmillan Cancer Support helps people to carry on with life following a cancer diagnosis; they provide information and support that has helped many people affected both directly and indirectly by cancer.

Kevin VS Kilimanjaro blogpost

Kevin said “The fact that the charities are so deserving really drives me and motivates me with my training and it will get me up that mountain too.  No doubt this will be one of the most difficult challenges of my life but I will do it!”

Kevin has begun his training in preparation for his climb and will be giving regular updates on the status of how it is all going both on the VS Group blog and the Forever Manchester blog, in the coming months.

100% of the money raised by Kevin will go to charity.  You can also keep up to date with everything related to his climb on social media using the hashtag ‘#KevinVSKilimanjaro’.  Please feel free to donate vis his Just Giving page.