Phil aims high to raise cash for cancer charity

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A BROUGHTY Ferry man is ready to scale the heights in a bid to raise money for charity.

Phil Quinlan is training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign, a charity he is closely linked with through his job.

The 28-year-old is the IT Lead at the Breast Cancer Campaign Tissue Bank and has been working in breast cancer research for the last seven years.

He has already begun training for his marathon effort, raising over £4,000 in the process.

And now he is eager to get started.

He told the Guide & Gazette: “It has been over a year since I signed up for the challenge and now it’s only a week away. I am feeling very excited, but also slightly nervous!

“I’ve been doing lots of fund-raising in the run up to the trek, including a ceilidh evening.

“My sister also took part in a sponsored swim and my brother played 11 hours and six minutes of straight tennis to beat the match record at Wimbledon of 11 hours and five minutes.

“I am extremely grateful to them and to everyone else who has supported my fund-raising so far.

“I’d also like to thank everyone at McKinney Nicolson Associates Limited whose recent sponsorship has helped me exceed my fund-raising target, which is really fantastic!”

The trek will be the first one Phil has ever completed but he is hopeful his preparations will pay off.

He added: “I’ve bought lots of specialist kit ready for the trek and have been out practising with Dundee Mountain Club who have given me some really helpful tips.

“It’s been hard work, but it will all be worth it when I hopefully stand at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro!”

If you would like to sponsor Phil visit www.justgiving.com/bcckili.