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3 March 2010, 10:22
Seven firefighters from Eastbourne community fire station are jetting off to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and raise money for the Help for Heroes charity.
Pete Stebbings, Graham Leman, Andy Smith, David Nichols, Dave Brown, Lisa Tennant and Neil Goatcher will face one of the biggest challenges on Earth as they spend six days trekking to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. In support, their personal trainer Danny Garbett will join the firefighters on their journey.
The team were inspired to take part in the trek to the highest summit in Africa after completing a fundraising cycle from Eastbourne to Holland three years ago. The trip took three days to complete and the team raised £34,000 for MacMillan nurses.
Between their departure from the UK today (Friday 5th March) and their arrival back home, the team will have trekked over 60 miles through rainforests, moor lands and the ascent to the peak, spent six nights camping on the mountain and reached the summit of 5896 metres before heading back to the town of Moshi for finale celebrations and a well deserved rest!
If you would like to support the team, please contact Eastbourne Community Fire Station on 0845 130 8855.
If you wish to donate, you can do so directly into the Natwest bank account that the crew have set up, using sort code 52-41-00 and account number 40264750.
You can also donate to Help for Heroes online.