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Rachel's Kilimanjaro trek

PUBLISHED: 12:51 05 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:33 30 June 2010

FOR years she has been bragging to her friends about how her father scaled Mount Kilimanjaro without modern climbing equipment.

And now the shoe is firmly on the other foot as Rachel Fabb prepares to follow in the farmer's footsteps by walking 5,895m up the African mountain.

FOR years she has been bragging to her friends about how her father scaled Mount Kilimanjaro without modern climbing equipment.

And now the shoe is firmly on the other foot as Rachel Fabb prepares to follow in the farmer's footsteps by walking 5,895m up the African mountain.

As well as being inspired by her father's 1971 exploits Rachel, 35, will also be egged on by her parish council chairman mother and a family friend as they join her on the arduous charity trek.

She was joined by her mother Vivienne Fabb, of Stokesby, and Frances Arbuthnot, from Norwich, as they flew out on Wednesday for the walk to raise money for bowel cancer research.

Stokesby farmer Patrick Fabb died in 1983 from bowel cancer. He had climbed Kilimanjaro as part of a visit to Africa to discuss pea farming.

In memory of him and Mrs Arbuthnot's mother, the trio of mountain walkers hope to raise at least £2,100 for the Centre of Academic Surgery at the Royal London Hospital.

Miss Fabb, who works in London as a fashion stylist, said: “My friends have heard me banging on about my father climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for years and finally instead of talking about it I thought why don't I just do it.”

Mrs Fabb, 61, said: “I will make sure I am the last one to reach camp every night as the slower you walk in high altitude the better it is for you.”

To sponsor the three Mount Kilimanjaro walkers visit www.justgiving.com/fabb-arbuthnot-kilimanjaro

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