David and Joelle Abrahams set themselves a mountainous target

Father and daughter David and Joelle Abrahams are on their way to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The duo, who live in Northwood, Middlesex, left today for the six-day trek, in memory of Mr Abrahams’s close friend Steven Jacobs, who died suddenly from a heart condition in March. The pair are hoping to raise £7,000 for Harefield Hospital.

Optometrist Mr Abrahams, 51, tells People: “I have done a few climbs before. I am not one for asking people for sponsorship but this is something so close to my heart.” In 2006, he climbed Mont Blanc together with Joelle. She says: “I have just come back from a ski season and love the mountains. We are both quite active. I am a bit worried about the altitude as although we have been doing a bit of training in the gym, you can never really prepare for that. I am really looking forward to doing it, and especially for charity.”
Joelle graduated from Oxford University last year and is due to start a job at accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in September.

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    Last updated: 2:40pm, August 13 2009