Brave Exmouth woman's Kilimanjaro attempt

PUBLISHED: 13:49 20 February 2010 | UPDATED: 12:50 10 June 2010

A BRAVE Exmouth woman plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in an attempt to raise £10,000 to help set up a charitable trust. Kerrie Preston will jet off ready for her 5,895 metre-high trek next Friday, February 26. The 28-year-old, along with her two work col

A BRAVE Exmouth woman plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in an attempt to raise £10,000 to help set up a charitable trust.

Kerrie Preston will jet off ready for her 5,895 metre-high trek next Friday, February 26.

The 28-year-old, along with her two work colleagues, have organised the walk in order to raise money to launch the Judy Dawson Charitable Trust.

The trust is dedicated to providing care and support for those suffering from the side effects of radiotherapy and other treatments for illnesses such as cancer.

Her mum, Pam Preston, of Westward Drive, said: "Kerrie, though a little apprehensive, is looking forward to the trek and the biggest challenge will be walking for 12 hours on the summit day.

"She has been walking in readiness for the climb, along coastal walks, across the cliffs and over Woodbury Common, which was good for wearing in her boots, and also general cardio work in the gym."

Pam added: "She is unsure how she will be affected by the altitude but is determined to be positive and is looking forward to the challenge."

The trust was founded by Jason Brooker, whose partner, Judy Dawson, died suddenly in November 2008, after falling ill just a few days before.

A former Exmouth Community College and Exeter Road School pupil, Kerrie's climb will take ten days to complete.

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