Kilimanjaro beckons for former nurse Rita

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A retired Newmarket nurse is preparing to go higher than she has gone before for charity by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Rita Munns, 67, is adding the famous 5.895 kilometre Tanzanian mountain to her long list of lands she has travelled to in her latest bid to raise money for the hospice that treated her late husband, Richard.

Through her adventures she has raised over £10,000 for St Nicholas hospice since losing Richard to colon cancer in 2007.

Mrs Munns, who worked as an nurse and in a maternity ward at Newmarket Hospital, has trekked around some of the world’s most famous landscapes, such as the foothills of the Himalayas and the rainforests in New Zealand’s south island, as well as Jordan, Machu Picchu and a section of the Great Wall of China.

“They have all been special. Each one seems to be better than the last. I have climbed a fraction under 5km before so this is quite a bit higher,” said Mrs Munns, of Aureole Walk, married Richard in 1969. She is climbing the full height of Kilimanjaro across seven days in September with two members of a support group from the hospice.

“I managed to nurse him at home but I had great back up from St Nicholas. It’s full of fun and laughter. You meet such lovely people and our paths would never have crossed otherwise.”

Mrs Munns is holding a dance at Newmarket Catholic Church with an option to have a fish and chip meal on Saturday, June 28. Contact her on 01638 667330 for a ticket.