Brechin duo prepare to tackle top peak in Africa

Pictured from left are: Deborah and Sarah, who set-off on their journey to Kilimanjaro later this month.

Pictured from left are: Deborah and Sarah, who set-off on their journey to Kilimanjaro later this month.

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Two members of the Brechin Young Farmers are to take on the challenge of a lifetime for charity – climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Former Brechin High School pupil Deborah Hair, currently studying at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, and Sarah Reid, a physiotherapist at Perth Royal Infirmary, will be taking on the challenge of walking to the summit of Kilimanjaro towards the end of the month to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research. They have been inspired to take on this awesome challenge following the loss of Sarah’s mother to a brain tumour earlier this year.

At 19,341 feet high, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest walkable mountain in the world. Sarah and Deborah will be heading to Tanzania on October 21 to take on the six-day Rongai Route to the summit. The two ladies have known each other for a number of years, having both been members of Brechin Young Farmers and having grown up on neighbouring farms.

Sarah said: “Our training has consisted of lots of hill walking in wind, rain and rarely shine, as well as general fitness and cycling. We are yet, however, to get a view other than mist from the top of any of the Munros – and the mist certainly doesn’t help our map-reading skills.

“We have chosen to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research as my mum passed away in March of this year, just 10 months after diagnosis, and despite aggressive treatment. Deborah and I also know a number of other people who have been affected by this terrible disease which kills more people under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Having read the statistics around brain tumours and discovered how woefully underfunded research into brain tumours is I wanted to do something to raise awareness of the disease, the charity, Brain Tumour Research, and its work.”

Deborah commented: “We both enjoy a challenge and an adventure and what better one that this?

“Sarah and I are very excited about the trip and hope that we succeed in raising lots of money.

“Just one day’s research at a centre of brain tumour excellence costs £2,740, so we are looking to fund as many days as we can.”

If you would like to sponsor Sarah and Deborah, go to: www.justgiving.com/Sarah-DeborahKilimanjaroClimb

For more information on the work of Brain Tumour Research please go to: www.braintumourresearch.org