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Charity fundraisier tackles highest African peak

(June 12, 2010)
kiliGLOBE-trotting fundraiser Barbara Dodd from Masefield Road is planning another epic journey in aid of charity - but this is her most arduous trip yet.
After Peru, Iceland and the Great Wall of China 57-year-old Barbara is planning to tackle Africa's highest mountain to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer charity.
She needs to raise 4,300 pounds to enable her to get to the 19,300ft peak next January but her track record shows she always raised more than the target.
During a Saturday long fundraising exercise outside the Cornmarket Cafe in Warminster, Barbara, who lost her sister to cancer in 2006, explained a little more about her plans.
''It is a challenge but each time you do something you have to find something a bit more of a challenge,'' she said.
''The trouble is going to come from the high altitude as a lot of people suffer as they go up but nobody knows how badly they are affected until they do it - it isn't just a matter of fitness.
''My daughter Laura climbed the mountain two years ago and barbarasaid that she had never been as cold in all of her life.''
But the arduous details haven't put Barbara off and she is determined to reach the peak, if not necessarily the peak of fitness, early next year.
The Kilimanjaro Hiking Challenge and Barbara need sponsorship to succeed and people can reach her online just giving page by clicking here to donate.
* Barbara and her daughter Laura Bottomley are not the first people from Warminster to reach the peak. Local man Alan Shore, a former pupil of Trowbridge High School for Boys, joined the Colonial Service after leaving school and tanflagwas then posted to the Protectorate of Tanganyika.
(Territory flag of the time)
He climbed the mountain the in the mid 1950s.
He is now aged 76 and lives in Geneva.

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