Aaron and Dean to take on Kilimanjaro

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TWO LOCAL college students are set to scale the heights of Kilimanjaro next month to raise money for a forces charity.

Aaron Puckering and Dean French are to climb to the summit of the mountain in Tanzania in aid of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust.

The pair became friends at Arbroath High School and are now both studying access to uniformed services at Angus College.

They wanted to carry out the climb, which takes place next month, as both are interested in future careers in the Royal Marines and thought it would be a hard challenge to carry out.

And to make the challenge even more worthwhile, they decided to raise money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, which supports marines needing help in any way.

Aaron said: “We are both trying to get into the marines and thought this would be a good thing to do.

“And hopefully at the same time we can raise as much money as possible.

“We go out there for 10 days and the actual climb takes seven to eight days.

“We’ve never done anything on this scale before but we are both really looking forward to it.

“We just wanted to combine the experience of doing something like this and raising money at the same time.”

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