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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Darren aims to reach his peak in memory of Katy

A CLEATOR fundraiser is preparing for his biggest challenge yet as he takes on Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Darren Adair: Kilimanjaro bound

By Sarah Robinson

Darren Adair is set to scale Africa’s highest peak in August to raise to raise funds for research into paediatric brain tumours.

He is doing the challenge in aid of the Katy Holmes Trust, set up in memory of a 10-year-old girl who was diagnosed with a brainstem diffuse pontine glioma in 2011 and died three months later.

His target is £3,900 and has raised £1,400 so far thanks to donations from friends and family.

Darren will be doing the challenge with his sister Angel Adair, Katy’s mother Paula Holmes, Gareth Hargreaves and Tremaine Fransis, who live in Preston.

In preparation for the 5,895 metre high challenge, the Sellafield shift team leader has been tackling Scafell Pike with friends.

Once a week he has also been cycling a 62-mile route through Whinlatter, Keswick, Cockermouth, Lamplugh and Frizington to his home.

He said: “You can’t really prepare yourself for the altitude; you just have to get as fit as you can and gradually build up lung capacity.”

The fundraiser takes place between August 21 and 31. The climb itself is expected to take six days.

So why take up this gruelling challenge? “I enjoy it, especially if it’s for charity. It’s all about giving something back,” Darren says.

A charity night is taking place at the Marchon Club this Saturday to raise funds for the Katy Holmes Trust. The evening will feature music, buffet and raffles.

Mark Andrews, from the Charlie and Kathleen Dunnery Children’s Fund, has also donated signed memorabilia to be auctioned off.

To donate go to: www.justgiving/darren-adair or text YCUD95 to 70071.

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