Triumph and tragedy for climber Denise

Denise Kearney of Luton who has raised �5,000 for charity by climbing Kilimanjaro

Denise Kearney of Luton who has raised �5,000 for charity by climbing Kilimanjaro

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Luton woman Denise Kearney, 52, overcame the impossible to climb Kilimanjaro and raise £5,000 for the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK.

Three years ago the Marriot Hotels marketing manager was told she’d never reach the top of Africa’s tallest mountain after seriously injuring both her knees.

But she was determined to tackle the challenge and was motivated by her father Ronald, who had the first of three bypass operations when he was in his 30s.

Sadly he died five days after she returned to the UK.

Denise said: “He had a massive stroke three years ago which left him unable to speak. I don’t know how much he understood of what I was doing.

“But we had a very close relationship and I know he would have been full of pride.”
Recalling the climb she said: “It was exhilirating. Just thinking about it sends shivers down my spine.”

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