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Sami Platts has embarked on the challenge of a lifetime in aid of a charity close to her heart.
The Marine Academy (Plymouth) defender departed for Africa this week to undertake the task of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Cancer Research Trust.
Dominating the landscape like no other mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world at 5,896 metres. The climb will take 12 days and Sami is already in Africa, waiting to start the trek.
"I have chosen this particular charity as they have helped my family in so many ways in recent times and I feel that I would like to give something back," says Sami. "Every day in the UK, men and women receive treatment for, and defeat, cancer.
"In some respects, cancer is their mountain which they have managed to overcome. I admire their mental and physical strength and hope that I can give something back by demonstrating my mental and physical strength by completing the challenge that Kilimanjaro provides."
Sami paid for her own travel and for the climb itself, showing that she is very dedicated to raising money for the charity.
"Without other people's support," continued Sami, "Cancer Research couldn't provide any of their wonderful services for people living with cancer. Big or small, your donation will help make a difference."
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