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Top that for a fundarising challenge

PUBLISHED: 09:48 12 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:48 12 May 2015

Sizewell B employees Hazel Hawkins and Lana Challis scaled Mount Kilimanjaro to raise more than £16,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care

Sizewell B employees Hazel Hawkins and Lana Challis scaled Mount Kilimanjaro to raise more than £16,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care

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Two friends have scaled Mount Kilimanjaro and a fundraising high

Sizewell B employees Hazel Hawkins and Lana Challis have reached a fundraising high of more than £16,000 and a lifetime achievement by scaling Mount Kilimanjaro.

The duo took up the challenge of reaching the 5,985 metres summit of the world’s largest free standing volcano when their employer, EDF, chose Marie Curie as its charity in 2013. They raised £16,325 beating their fundraising target (£4,500) by more than 360%.

The fundraising friends have been a familiar sight around Suffolk over the last 18 months while training for the challenge. But without hills to run up, they also trekked further afield around the Lake District, and scaled two of the three peaks.

After reaching the top of Kilimanjaro, Hazel said: “I can honestly say it was the hardest thing I’ve ever undertaken – I don’t think it can be said in words really how tough it was to get to the summit. It was an exhausting and very emotional day, but one I will remember for the rest of my life. We have to thank all our family, friends and Sizewell B for all the support we have been given – it definitely helped us reach our goal.”

Lana said the amount of money raised for Marie Curie and the support they received played a massive part of her determination to reach the summit.

“We all said after the summit day that we would never do that again, but now forgetting the pain and exhaustion I would 100% do that challenge all over again. Hazel and I have already started looking into what we are going to do next!”

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