Climbing high for charity

Kristina Foster and Rosanna PothecaryTwo members of staff from the Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) Control room are preparing to take part in a huge charity challenge.

Kristina Foster, from Hanham, and Rosanna Pothecary, from Stoke Gifford, who both answer 999 emergency calls for AF&RS, will be scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity.

So far the duo have raised the £7,000 needed to take part in the challenge by holding a number of fundraising initiatives and events including a charity ladder climb, six-a-side football match and quiz.

They will begin their 5,895 metre climb to the top of the Tanzanian peak on Friday 24 October.

Rosanna and Kristina said: “We are really looking forward to this challenge as it is something we have wanted to do for a while. We have had to raise a minimum of £7,000 in order to meet the costs involved.

“This has been achieved through a series of events which many of our colleagues at AF&RS have taken part in and supported, so we are very grateful for their help.

“Members of the public have also been incredibly supportive and generous with their donations so far.

“Now the really hard work to ensure we are fit and ready for the climb is taking place. We are not looking forward to the altitude sickness we may experience, but we have been trying to prepare for that.”

The climb is expected to take nine days to complete.

The Fire Fighters Charity provides support services and treatment to serving and retired fire service staff in times of need.

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