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Kilimanjaro trek to raise money for breast cancer

Janette Coleman
Janette Coleman is raising cash for the Manx Grand Prix Helicopter Fund

A prison officer from the Isle of Man is planning to scale the highest mountain in Africa to raise money to help beat breast cancer.

Janette Coleman is training to climb Mount Kilmanjaro, in Tanzania, which is 5,895m (19,341 ft) high.

Her pet boxer cross, Molly, is joining her on the many runs she does in her lunch break from Jurby Prison.

"I have been training in thick Manx mist and gale-force winds," Ms Coleman said.

'Bit different'

She hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for two charities, Breast Cancer Care and the Manx Grand Prix Helicopter Fund.

She will leave the Isle of Man on 13 February.

In Tanzania, she will be ascending in temperatures ranging from 30C (86F) at base camp, down to -20C (-4F) at the summit.

Ms Coleman said: "Four years ago I made a good friend while away training to be a prison officer and last year we decided we wanted to go on a holiday but we also wanted to do something a little bit different.

"Apparently, most people start off with maybe a few climbs in the Lake District or even climb Macchu Pichu or something first, but unfortunately we haven't managed anything previously."

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