Meet Sheryl, one of our SCL group exercise instructors. Sheryl shares her most recent challenge with us, her motivations and tells us a bit about herself.

‘Hi, my name is Sheryl and I currently teach classes at Broughton, Irlam & Cadishead, Swinton & Pendlebury and Worsley Leisure Centres. I teach everything from Aqua, Aqua Natal, Les Mills Body Balance, Easy Does It, Float Fit and Pilates.

I’ve been teaching for around 16 years now and I love it! Basically I love helping people and being around them, it’s why I do it, it’s my main passion, my WHY. Every now and then you get a special thank you for what you do in the form of cards, little token gestures and it just makes it all worthwhile. Current members say I am very funny and a bit of a nutter…but I take that as a compliment!

If you know me, you’ll know about my recent challenge, (I think I told the whole of Salford!)

I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with the company Action Challenge. It was a special challenge (definitely not a holiday!) as it was my first time away with my Dad and I am now 43 years of age. My good friend Lisa also came on the challenge with us.  It was even more special for my Dad as he had major heart surgery 18 months prior.  They stopped his heart for 2 hours whilst they gave him a new aortic valve as his was faulty. Just wow! The icing on the cake is that we both summited Kilimanjaro on the 21st Sept 2023 @ 7.35am in the morning. With the rest of our team, 17 of us in total. Can you believe we had 73 porters from stomach engineers (chefs!), water carriers, food carriers, porters that carried our big bags and porters that put up and took down our tents every day and night. We couldn’t have done it without them that’s for sure.

I was also told another group of 12 were climbing the same week as us but only 10 made it to the top. At a mere 5895m/ 19,341ft – 4 miles high give or take), altitude sickness can get anyone at any time. We are so grateful that we made it to the top.

We also decided to raise money for a local charity in East Africa called KYGN (Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need), who provide education for more than 150 girls (and some boys) in Mabogini. KYGN also acts as a social service in the area, to support at risk families. In 2016, KYGN opened a safe house where, at any one time, 20-30 children can be offered a secure and safe home while a long term solution is found.

Between the 3 of us we raised £2100. I was in contact with Anna Maria (founder) and she tells me our money is going towards building a new classroom at the school. From the bottom of my heart thank you to everyone that supported us and donated.

A quote I love – Do what you can, with all you have, wherever you are – Theadore Roosevelt.

I love this because we are all different . We all have things going on in our life positive and negative that may change us for better or worse. All we can do in any circumstance is our best with what we have physically or mentally, wherever we are.

If you’re new to SCL or just fancy trying a new class, I’m here to help you. I will try my very best to cater for ALL abilities and make you feel at ease. Especially if you are a newbie. We were all newbies at one time, and it can be daunting that I understand’.

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