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Siblings set to scale Africa's highest mountain in memory of grandfather

PUBLISHED: 14:38 25 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:50 25 March 2019

Adam and Rebekah Masters with Wet Dog surf shop owner Kay Weston, who is sponsoring their trek up Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Cancer Research UK. Photo: ADAM MASTERS

Adam and Rebekah Masters with Wet Dog surf shop owner Kay Weston, who is sponsoring their trek up Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Cancer Research UK. Photo: ADAM MASTERS

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A pair of siblings have their sights set on scaling Africa’s highest mountain, as a tribute to their much-loved grandfather who died from cancer last year.

Rebekah Masters, 25, originally came up with the idea of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and her brother Adam, a former Cromer lifeguard, decided to join her this year after their grandfather died.

Earlier this year Adam also raised £250 for Cancer Research UK by doing a skydive to celebrate his 21st birthday.

“It was something we had thought about for years and, after our grandad passed away, we thought it was the right time to do it,” Adam explained.

Adam has previously completed the 23-mile Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, and the pair will be setting off to Tanzania in May, trekking to the 5,995m summit of Mount Kilimanjaro before taking in the sights and sounds of Africa on a week-long safari.

Keen sportsman Adam, who has been a member of Cromer Surf Lifesaving Club since the age of 11 and now works at Sheringham outdoor education centre Hillltop as an instructor, has drawn up a training programme, while Rebekah, who works at Church Street cafe Huckleberries, has set up an online fundraising page.

“We have been doing a combination of runs, gym workouts and hikes and I’ve tried to build in some hills to our training so we have also been going up and down to Cromer lighthouse,” Adam said.

They have already topped their £500 target, with friends, family and work colleagues offering their support and Phil and Kay Weston, who owns ‘Wet Dog’ beach sports clothing and equipment shop at Cromer also agreeing to sponsor them.

“We are really looking forward to getting to the top of Kilimanjaro, I think it will be an amazing experience,” Adam said. “It will be an achievement for both of us and we will be raising lots of money for a brilliant cause.

Rebekah, who is a runner and cyclist, said: “I absolutely hate camping, I hate bugs, sleeping outside and not being clean, so this will be a huge challenge for me.”

To sponsor them visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rebekah-masters1

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