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Peter Wombwell and Robyn Macneil, from Burntisland, are preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Marie Curie

Peter Wombwell and Robyn Macneil, from Burntisland, are preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Marie Curie

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TWO Burntisland teenagers will embark on the challenge of a lifetime in aid of charity later this year.

Peter Wombwell and girlfriend Robyn Macneil are set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa in September.

The couple are aiming to raise over £3750 each for Marie Curie Cancer Care through their mountain climb.

Peter (19), a hill runner and keen mountaineer, told the Press: “With Robyn finishing school this year she wanted to go out with a bang, so when we were looking on the Marie Curie website and saw the chance to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and raise money for them we jumped in with both feet and signed up.

“It was a spur of the moment thing, although I have always wanted to do it for some time.

“We’ll be part of a group of about 15, and it will take us three days to go up and two to come down.”

Peter and Robyn (18) have already raised around a third of their totals through a number of fundraising events, including a ceilidh at Pettycur Bay.

With a significant amount of money still to be raised, the duo have a number of other fundraisers planned for the coming months including a sponsored walk along the West Highland Way, a fun day and a beetle drive.

And the couple will be continuing with their training over the next few months before the climb to the 5895m summit.

Peter added: “We climbed Ben Nevis recently, which was something I’d done when I was younger, but Robyn hadn’t done it before.

“We’re planning on going up it a few more times before September.

“We’ve got a wee training programme going on with cardio and weight training as well as getting out as much as we can, going up the Falkland Hills and the Ochils too.”