Heather plans to conquer volcano

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A VET is to put her best foot forward after pledging to conquer one of the highest active volcanoes in the world in aid of charity.

Heather Bentley, 50, of Great Barton, is preparing to climb the 5,897 metre high Cotopaxi in Ecuador to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

As part of her training for the gruelling event in September, she aims to complete a three day coast to coast Highland trek across Scotland in May.

She also plans to complete the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours, in July.

Mrs Bentley has been a vet for 26 years and works at Swayne and Partners, in Haverhill.

Three years ago, she climbed Mt Kilimanjaro.

She said: “ That was a real life changing experience and I wanted to go to a different continent.

“I’ve done the odd sponsored walk but now feel ready for another big challenge.

“I’m going to have to get very fit and I’ll be going to the gym quite a lot.

“The air ambulance is a really deserving charity.”

To sponsor, Mrs Bentley visit www.justgiving.com/Heather-Bentley0.

Donations can also be sent to Dochart, Cox Lane, Great Barton, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 2NS. Sponsors can also be made at Swayne and Partners’ surgeries in Bury, Haverhill, Long Melford or Newmarket.