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'Kilimanbeero' to support Newent women set to climb Kilimanjaro for charity

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 06, 2014

  • Becca Yeandle, left, and Charmaine Ellis will climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity next year

  • The design for Kilimanbeero by Dan Yeandle, Becca's cousin

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A BEER by the name of Kilimanbeero is being sold in support of two Newent women who are preparing to climb the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Charmaine Ellis, 35, and friend Becca Yeandle, 27, hope to raise as much money for Cancer Research as possible before embarking on the high altitude challenge next year.

The beer has been made by Butcombe Brewery in support of the women and 20p from every pint sold in the town will go towards their favourite cause.

Charmaine said: “This is something both of us have always wanted to do so it is a personal challenge and we are doing it in aid of Cancer Research.

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“My mum had cervical cancer and my nan and my aunts have had breast cancer so it has been quite prominent in my family – it is everywhere.

“It is just an important cause and I think you can never do enough for something like that.”

The beer is being sold in the Kings Arms, which is owned by Charmaine’s mum and dad Fred and Sue on Ross Road, and at Becca’s uncle’s George Hotel, on Church Street.

Charmaine, who helps run her parents’ pub, said: "We have our own beer and we will be selling that right up to when we go so that is quite exciting and original.

“You do not see that very often, but Butcombe Brewery has been very supportive.

“We are lucky to have the support of local businesses and suppliers and lots of people want to do things for us.”

While Charmaine keeps herself in shape and has entered half marathons, she will keep training for the climb by going on long and gruelling walks as well as spending time in the gym building core strength.

Charmaine added: “There is not a lot you can do about the altitude but it does affect people in different ways, so that is something we will have to deal with when we are there.”

The pair will tackle the mountain, which stands at 19,341 feet in Tanzania, Africa, in January.

A fundraising night with live music and a barbecue will be held at the Kings Arms on Sunday, May 4 at 6pm.

There will also be a ticket only ladies’ dinner and dance event at the George Hotel on Saturday, June 21.

To support Charmaine and Becca, follow them on Facebook or donate by texting CHAE99 or BEXY69 followed by the amount to 70070.

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