Leah conquers Kilimanjaro in memory of Debbie

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 January 2012

Leah on the summit of Kilimanjaro with a picture of Debbie

Leah on the summit of Kilimanjaro with a picture of Debbie

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A WOMAN from North Somerset conquered Africa's tallest mountain in memory of her brother's fiancée who died of cancer.

Leah Senington battled to the top of the 19,000 foot-high Mount Kilimanjaro and raised more than £5,000 for Cancer Research UK in the process.

She undertook the eight-day challenge after her brother Luke’s partner Debbie Scull died of cancer in September, aged only 27.

Having held a charity auction and gathered sponsorship from firms such as Butcombe Brewery, Bristol Water and the Yeo Valley Lions before setting off, Leah, of Coxs Green, Wrington, raised a total of £5,500 for the charity.

After returning from the trip, the 26-year-old former Churchill Community School pupil said: “I chose to take on Kilimanjaro as a dedication to Debbie’s strength, bravery and courage during her gruelling fight with cancer, a wonderful person who will remain within our hearts.

“I would like to thank all who supported me through this challenge with generous donations, words of support and encouragement including the companies that have offered me direct sponsorship.”

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