World record climber will open new community centre in Milton Keynes

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Record breaking climber, Jo Gambi will open a community centre in Shenley Brook End.

Jo Gambi holds the world record for the fastest female ascent of the highest mountain in every continent of the world.

She is coming to Milton Keynes on Saturday (October 15), to take part in the official commissioning and opening of the Oak Tree Centre.

The celebrations will begin with a family-friendly community event from 10am where residents can come and look round the centre and enjoy a variety of games and activities.

Jo Gambi will take part in a service of commissioning and in the evening, will speak at a ticket-only champagne reception and dinner, where she will tell some of her inspiring story that includes the conquest of personal, as well as geographical, mountains.

Allan Vogel sponsorship co-ordinator for the Shenley Christian Fellowship, said: “Building the Oak Tree Centre, in Wallinger Drive, has been a long uphill climb for the congregation of Shenley Christian Fellowship (SCF) who raised £1.8m needed to complete the first stage.

“Since it started in 1991, the church has used school and community properties for its activities.

“The Oak Tree Centre brings these under one roof in a versatile suite of five rooms that will be hired for community or business purposes when not in use.

“At an estimated cost of £1.65m this will add a special area for youth activities and a dual-purpose space that can double as a 400-seat auditorium or a sports hall.”