Meet the team

Sophie Ajram

Mother of 4: Jahan 12, Iman 10,

Sheherazade 7 and 3 year old Balthazar.

A full-time school run mum and social animal, trying to juggle it all, do it all and remember everything. 



Love extreme sports and exercising in nature.


Philosophy and Inspiration:

I am a huge believer in Karma and that everything happens for a reason. Losing my father aged 5 to Pancreatic Cancer has taught me a lot about life and that you must enjoy and live every moment. Living through his loss and watching my own mother doing everything she possibly could to support us, I completely understand the devastating effects that illness has on everyone.  Sadly, he was only 36 when he died and since I have passed that milestone age myself, I believe that every year I have is a bonus one. You get one life, love it, respect it and most importantly live it!


Favourite food that will be missed up Kili:

Cheeseboard (and of course Red Wine!)


Will be dreaming of:

A hot bath and a foot massage

Carolin Dawson

Mother of 2: Alex 7 and Sam 5 

Chauffeur and snack provider around the clock, horse crazy and into all things stylish and beautiful. Trying to get a grip most days and not to forget my own head because I’m not sure if it is screwed on... I have OCD with all things around the house, colour coordinating and labelling everything!



Appreciating life. Health is wealth, both mentally and physically. Life is precious and things can change every second. Worrying is about as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum! The real troubles in your life are things that have never crossed your mind, the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday - as Baz Luhrmann says and I agree.  So, don’t worry- be happy! 


Favourite food that will be missed up Kili:


Thank all of you who are going to support us and therefore many others... we’re going to do you proud and march up there like sassy ladies in charge!

Emma Croxford

Mother of 2 girls; Siri 11 and Ebba 9. I am so lucky to have them. When I'm not looking after the girls I study nutritional therapy and I do as much yoga and running as I can.



Life presents constant opportunities to grow and as I am getting older I am learning to really embrace that. Connecting and supporting others and working towards a shared goal is the thing that will make the most difference in our lives and the lives of others. I consider it a blessing to be able to summit Kilimanjaro and simultaneously raise money for charities. In addition, this will be my first visit to Africa! 


Favourite food that will be missed: Dim sum and sushi!

Magda Palos

Mother of 3, ages 11, 9 and 7.


I'm a homebody and get all my satisfaction and joy from my family and my home.


I try to raise my children to recognise that there is so much more to the World than our own lives. I want them to think about what they can do to make a difference to other people and communities and to grow up recognising that they can make a difference in their own individual ways.


When Sophie mentioned this opportunity, I have to be honest, at first, I was petrified of the cold nights and altitude sickness to mention a few! I realised I had to accept these things because if this can help raise awareness and funds for these amazing charities then I should do everything in my power to make a difference.

I am sure it will be awe inspiring and physically challenging. And yes, I know I will feel a great sense of accomplishment after having done it with this group of amazing ladies. But it is really these charities that are driving me to take on this frankly scary adventure!



Be kind.

Do the right thing all the time.

Be grateful for everything you have.

Malin Jefferies

Hands on mother of Coco 10 and Rex 7.


Cashmere entrepreneur, model and social butterfly. Malin started her own knitwear fashion label last year and spends her busy days between the design table, trade fairs, photoshoots and the school run. Whatever time is left she enjoys Pilates, jogging in the park and just hanging out with her children and friends.


Malin is not afraid of a challenge. She is determined, stubborn and has a positive mindset.


“Climbing Kilimanjaro seems like a once in a lifetime opportunity and when Sophie brought it to the table I was very keen to sign up. I’m excited to take on the challenge and at the same time be able give something back through fundraising for our chosen charities. I’m currently going through some big changes in my private life and climbing Kilimanjaro with 8 strong women will be an amazing way to mark the beginning of a new era”.


Favourite food that’s will be missed up Kili: Sushi…

Lisa McGlasson

After having 20yrs in an amazing career as a dancer (it lasted way longer than anticipated!), travelling the world and having some of the most incredible experiences, I got married, settled down and had 2 lovely children. 


Since then I have choreographed, been involved in the fashion industry and re-trained as a Barre instructor.

I remember one of my primary school teachers saying to me to take every opportunity that is offered to you so when Sophie asked me to join The Lady Kila’s I immediately said yes!


When the reality of what I’d agreed to sunk in, I thought I’d gone insane.....what on earth had I let myself in for? However, when I realised it was to raise money for all of these wonderful charities we have chosen and could really make a difference I booked my ticket without a second thought.

Scared, anxious, excited are some of the things I am feeling right now but being on this journey with a group of such fun, strong, adventurous women will give me the strength to go all the way to the top. Can’t wait.

Philippa Le Boutillier

Mother of 3 to Millie 13, Finley 11 and Amber 9 and creator of Spilly Spoon and keeper to a menagerie of Easigrass Grass Animals 

Constantly trying to find that work life balance, juggling being in the office and watching the children’s sports matches at the same time! But would I have it any other way? No! I am truly blessed to have 3 little miracles that are all healthy and I can tuck them into bed each night. 

I was away with Sophie earlier this year, whilst we were lyin’n'fryin on the sunbed with a Pina Colada she casually asked if I ‘fancied’ climbing Kilimanjaro? response was ‘I don’t think fancy comes into it’..... but she struck a chord. At the age of 42 I have never put myself out of my comfort zone (and I love the finer things in life) it was my time to give back to some amazing charities, ones that we have all been affected by and also be a role model to my children to show them if you put your mind to something you can do anything. 

Fitness.......Pilates, I avoid any other fitness that makes me sweat or run! I have severe scoliosis (curvature of the spine) so this is going to make the climb even harder for me but I will get to the top! 

I don’t know how I am going to survive in a tent, without my daily soak in the bath.......and my bed! 

Food I will miss the most will be Greens and Salad (and a little square or two of dark chocolate) 

You get one life and it’s not a dress rehearsal!

I always say to my children - Treat others the way you would like to be taught....Be Kind, Be Grateful and Be Sensitive 

Emma Chesworth

Mother of twins: Holly and Luca age 10 


Former athlete, balancing busy home life looking after our twins trying to be in two places at once vs. demands of the Windrush Equestrian Foundation vs maintaining social, physical and cultural interests. Not easy!


Fitness: Thrive on both individual and team sports. Love the individual fitness challenges (Triathlon) and the bond of being part of a team. Activity and competition is part of my very essence and I love seeing our twins involve themselves athletically too.


Philosophy and Inspiration:

Juxtaposing the chaos of daily life with opportunities for inner calm. Caring deeply for the loved ones closest in my life – banking the good times.


“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched” - they must be felt with the heart – Helen Keller


 Favourite food: ashamed to say halloumi and chocolate (but not necessarily in that order).

Jayne Best

Mother of 5: Laura, Matthew, David, Paul, James

Grandmother of 3: Isla, Indi, Sienna

As the only “northerner” in the group, I am swapping my clogs for mountain boots!! I should be the one used to the cold .... but I am definitely not!
I have 5 wonderful children and needless to say all my children’s  jaws dropped when I told them I am planning on climbing all I have to do is prove them wrong!!
I love a full and busy life and after spending 20 years in the fashion industry I turned my hand to interior design.
A few months ago I bumped into Sophie and she told me about the adventure she was planning with a group of Mums. I boldly promised that if my youngest son managed to get into the school, I would join them . So here I am!!

I am so thrilled to be joining this lovely group of girls on this challenge of a lifetime and in raising money for these very worthy charities.

I’ll keep it simple. Be kind! Treat people as you would like to be treated yourself and as I always say to my children ...”if you smile at people they will smile back!”

I enjoy the gym and Soul Cycle and love snow skiing

Favourite food that will  be missed up Kili...chicken stir fry and a glass of rose wine

Thanks for your support!

Jayne x

Amanda Wakeley


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