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Charity walk on top of the world; KINGS HEATH: Mum's Everest trek in memory of relative who died of cancer.

Byline: By Patrice John

A KINGS Heath mum-ofthree has raised more than pounds 4,200 in order to climb Mount Everest in memory a relative who died of cancer.

Alison Dooley, of Grange Road, had originally aimed to collect pounds 3,500 for the expedition to world's highest mountain.

But kind-hearted friends have helped the former South Birmingham College student smash that target and enable her trip in memory of her late sister-in-law Colleen Ensor.

Alison, aged 38, said: "Even though we have raised the money I am still going to try to raise much more.

"There are so many people suffering with cancer and so this is not just for Colleen.

"I am planning to climb in Colleen's memory but there are many others who need the help and don't have anyone to climb and raise funds for them. This is why it is so important to keep raising money."

Alison's sister-in-law Colleen lost her fight against cancer on November 27 last year.

Alison originally planned to climb to Base Camp at Mount Everest in September as part of Cancer Research UK's International Challenges Team.

Organisers have now rescheduled the climb for next March due to political unrest in Kathmandu.

She plans to keep fundraising until next March and is being supported by her daughters Kelly, aged 21, Katie, 12 and Danny, 14. Her next planned event will be a raffle at Christmas.

Alison is appealing for prizes and donations from companies to raffle off at the charity event which will be held at St Dunstans, in Institute Road, Kings Heath.

She is yet to set a date, but anyone wishing to contact her should do so on 07837 731688. Her Cancer Research UK voluntary reference number is 51789505.

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