Wotton dentists climbing Kilimanjaro for charity

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A dentist from Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, has travelled to Africa with his wife to climb one of the world’s most iconic mountains, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Phil and Shaenna Loughnane travelled to Tanzania last Saturday and will spend ten days climbing the mountain accompanied by a group of friends. The mountain is the highest peak in Africa, with the summit standing at 5,895 metres above sea level.

The couple is taking on the challenge to raise money for dental charity, Bridge2Aid, which provides dental care, equipment and training to communities in Tanzania; the charity has also recently announced plans to expand services to Rwanda.

Phil Loughnane, from Chipping Manor Dental Practice, has been involved with the charity since 2006 and the practice has raised more than £135,000 for Bridge2Aid over the last six years.

Talking to the local press before he left, Mr Loughnane confirmed that he had almost reached the fundraising target of £16,000 for the trip; all donations will be paid directly to the charity as volunteers have covered the cost of the trip.

Mr Loughnane said that he was excited and nervous about the challenge, which represented something he has never done before.

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