Kilimanjaro challenge in memory of Debbie

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 October 2011

Debbie Scull (l), Leah Senington and Luke Senington

Debbie Scull (l), Leah Senington and Luke Senington

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A WRINGTON woman will trek up Mount Kilimanjaro in memory of her brother's fiancée, who died of cancer last month.

Leah Senington, of Coxs Green, will climb the dormant volcano in Tanzania in December to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Leah and her family were left heartbroken after her brother Luke’s partner, Debbie Scull, was diagnosed with terminal cancer, aged just 27, earlier this year.

Leah said: “Debbie was popular and much-loved by everyone who knew her and I am aiming to raise as much money as possible in this challenge.

“I want to complete the trek as a means to support a charity which will bring hope to sufferers in the future, giving them what Debbie was so unfortunately denied.

“She was a wonderful person who touched so many hearts.”

The former Churchill Community School pupil will trek for eight days before reaching the snow-capped peak, more than 19,000ft above sea level.

The challenging trek will see her tackle a variety of terrains including thick forest and moorland and she will have to cope with high altitude levels and a lack of oxygen.

Debbie, originally from Bristol, met Luke while working at Bristol Water.

Leah said: “Bristol Water has contributed towards the cost of the trek and has given my family a lot of support throughout.

“My endurance will be pushed to the limit with the extreme altitude, terrain and temperature and I have been training very hard in preparation.”

Leah will need to raise funds through direct sponsorship and organised activities, and Butcombe Brewery has already handed her £500 towards the trek. She will also hold an auction of promises night at the Lakewood Conference Centre, in Blagdon, on November 11.

The event starts at 7pm and businesses have donated an array of prizes such as a tennis membership and coaching pass, a fishing trip, vouchers for Michelin Star restaurant The Pony and Trap, art classes, hampers and vegetable boxes.

The evening will include a quiz and toe-tapping tunes from the Redhill Billies.

Tickets, priced £10, are available from Amors Stores in Wrington, Woodford Lodge at Chew Valley Lake, Blagdon Village Stores, or from Leah at kilimanjarotrek2011@hotmail.co.uk

Alternatively donations can made by visiting www.justgiving.com/KilimanjaroDec2011

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