A BENTLEY Heath woman will be climbing Africa’s highest mountain in memory of her dad.
Rebecca Dilley, aged 30, lost her father John to cancer and will be scaling Kilimanjaro to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Joining her on the slog will be friend and colleague Lisa Taverner. Together the pair are hoping to raise £10,000 for the charity.
“I’ve lost a couple of family members, including my dad - next year it will be five years since he died. So in many ways I’m doing this trip for him,” said Rebecca.
“Obviously we’re excited, but a bit nervous as well. Around 40 per cent of the people who try to climb Kilimanjaro fail because of the low-altitude. We’re going to be walking around seven hours every day and 16 on the last day, so there’s a lot of preparation involved.”
The pair will be joined on the climb by around 40 colleagues from outsourcing firm Capita. The company has agreed to pay for the cost of the trip, which means that all sponsorship will go directly to Macmillan.
Nevertheless, the girls aren’t resting on their laurels and have organised a number of mini fundraisers in the run-up to the big trip. The latest is a charity ball taking place at The Forest, Dorridge on November 21. There are still a few tickets left for the black tie event and they can be booked with Rebecca on 07736320245.
To sponsor the girls’ climb, taking place in January, go to www.justgiving.com/killi-trek2010.