Couple to climb Mount Kenya to raise cash for care charity

Lucas Raye and Emma Dillane.

Lucas Raye and Emma Dillane.

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A FOUR-DAY climb to the top of Mount Kenya may not be the typical romantic getaway, but for one Hampshire couple it’s all about raising money for charity.

Musician Lucas Raye, 24, is going with his girlfriend and manager Emma Dillane, 22, to attempt the climb in February and they hope to raise money for charity group Southampton Care Association, the Southampton social enterprise.

The former Brockenhurst College students will complete a four-day climb up and one day down for SCA’s hardship fund, which helps those suffering from dementia.

Lucas, who has done gigs all across the south coast, said: “I originally found out about the charity because Emma’s mum works for them.

“It’s a really nice charity, with a good feel to it.

“We have wanted to go to Kenya for a while, and after my 90-year-old grandma did a skydive for charity last year we thought we could do something as well!”

The couple, both from Barton on Sea, hope to raise enough money to take a group of SCA’s most isolated customers on a day out to the theatre.

With a tradition of having one adventure trip a year, and having already been to Hawaii skydiving and to Indonesia, Emma was keen to tick another trip off her bucket list.

She said: “I love to travel.

I’ve been lucky enough to discover the good work this charity does and the direct impact that any money raised has on the most vulnerable people. It’s an excellent opportunity to raise awareness.”

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1:23pm Thu 9 Jan 14

southy says...

No climbing involved going up Mount Kenya its a hard up hill walk
No climbing involved going up Mount Kenya its a hard up hill walk southy
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