In one of our many group e-mails or texts came the sad news that Alan Spencer had caught pneumonia. What a blow! I visited him in hospital that evening and the disappointment on his face was there for all to see. As pneumonia is very debiltating and obviously affects your lungs, his doctors said ‘there was no way he could climb Kilimanjaro in March’.

We were all really upset and tried not to tease him too much! I know he will do it later in the year but we will all miss him on our trek.

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