One Medicare @ The Light has recently helped Alastair Graham on his quest to climb Mount Kilimanjaro at the beginning of February.

Alastair came into the surgery, where he and his wife have been registered since 2007, to get his travel vaccinations for Tanzania, which included yellow fever, typhoid, tetanus/diphtheria/polio and hepatitis A plus a prescription for malaria tablets.

Alastair, 28, is raising money for the Comrades of Children Overseas, also known as COCO. It is a charity which was set up by ex-Olympian Steve Cram, in order to help children living in poverty in countries such as Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana. The charity work includes projects that the residents in these poverty-stricken villages can help out with themselves such as building new school buildings, teaching and health projects to stop the spread of HIV and malaria, which is often as simple as providing a mosquito net which costs as little as £5.

It was during their honeymoon to Kenya in 2009 that the Grahams were inspired to take up this challenge. Alasdair, who is originally from Sheffield where One Medicare also run a walk-in centre, said it was a "humbling experience, especially compared to the luxury that we had been staying in during our honeymoon. Both myself and my wife Jenny were desperate to do something to help. So I decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and Jenny has been fantastic with all the fundraising and awareness-raising".

He added: "I also just wanted to thank One Medicare @ The Light for providing me with my vaccines at such short notice. It's great having a GP surgery in Leeds city centre, so close to where we live. The service there is great and I'd recommend them and the Travel Safe clinic to anyone in the area".

One Medicare @ The Light is the first and only GP surgery in Leeds city centre, providing first-class, NHS healthcare to all those who live in the city. It has been open since 2007 and has extended opening hours including Saturday mornings.

One Medicare also run Travel Safe clinics across all their surgeries, offering all travel vaccinations including malaria tablets and mosquito nets.

Donations for Alastair, who will be tackling the world's largest free-standing mountain from 4th to 15th February, can be made at his website He also has a Facebook group.

If you would like to register as a patient at One Medicare, situated in The Light shopping centre, please call 0844 815 1141 or visit and we can also be found on Facebook. For more information on travel vaccinations and how we can help call 0113 203 1823 or visit

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