Woman tries again to conquer Kilimanjaro

A woman who almost reached the top of Kilimanjaro last year is giving it another go for her father's charity - and she hopes thoughts of her family will take her to the top.

A WOMAN who almost reached the top of Kilimanjaro last year is giving it another go for her father's charity - and she hopes thoughts of her family will take her to the top.

Ellie Draper, of Edingthorpe, will be battling low temperatures and dangerous altitude sickness for the second time to get to the summit.

She is hoping to raise at least �2,200 for the Benjamin Foundation, which was set up by her father Richard Draper after the death of her brother Benjamin in 1992.

Miss Draper said: "I think knowing that I'm doing it for my family will get me up to the very top this time."


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The 26-year-old student is following in the footsteps of Chris Moyles, Fearne Cotton, Cheryl Cole and six other celebrities who scaled the peak earlier this year for Comic Relief, raising more than �3m.

Miss Draper is offering promotional photos of herself at the summit with a company flag to the three highest bidders - a powerful incentive to make it to the top after being defeated by the mountain at the second-highest point on Kilimanjaro last year.

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After raising money for organisers Childreach International last year, Miss Draper volunteered to lead a team of 24 this summer.

The team fly out to Tanzania on June 29. The Benjamin Foundation, based in North Walsham, provides services and opportunities for children, young people and the homeless in Norfolk. It was set up after the death of 17-year-old Benjamin Draper in a motorcycle accident in 1992.

To sponsor Ellie Draper, visit www.mycharitypage. com/elissa. To find out more or to bid for the climb, call 01692 500999.

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