Margaret's Bagging Mariylns

Cleeve Hill, Gloucestershire 1.jpgWe are delighted to confirm that Margaret Hancox, who climbed 7 Marilyns (hills with at least 500 feet of ascent on all sides) for her 70th birthday, raised £1,765 for HOST. Congratulations Margaret, and thank you!

"I celebrated my 70th birthday this year and wanted to mark my 7th decade by climbing 7 Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000feet).   However, health issues have forced me to abandon this challenge. My alternative challenge is to climb 7 Marilyns (hills with at least 500 feet of ascent on all sides). An advantage of this change of direction is that Marilyns are nearer to my home than Munros – but there are none in Oxfordshire where I live!"

Margaret has been a strong supporter of HOST for over 25 years, acting as a host and Trustee.


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It's a small HOST world

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Margaret Hancox writes: My son Duncan and I recently met in Beijing a HOST student who spent Christmas with us 10 years ago. Li Tao was a student at Leeds University and is now a senior administrator at the University of Tianjin. We reminisced about the good time we had together. HOST friendships last a long time!

Upon reading this, Mandy Talbott adds:

The connection doesn’t end there, we think!  We are certain that we hosted Li Tao too - he was our second student from Tianjin, the first one being ‘Ben’. When we showed Li Tao some pictures from that visit, he pointed at Ben and said, ‘That guy was my boss’. The HOST world is indeed a small one.