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Four rugby friends who have so far raised more than £20,000 for charity are all set to tackle their tallest challenge this month – Mount Kilimanjaro.

Eight months ago Chris Leyshon, 22, Ben Jones, 22, Michael Guy, 29, and Stephen Smith, 33, all first team members at Kenfig Hill Rugby Club, began fund raising for Prostate Cymru.

With the backing of family, friends and club-mates the four-some are already on the £24,000 mark.

The inspiration for their mammoth effort was club physio, Clive Jenkins, club sponsor and Prostate Cymru President, David Brace OBE, who are both battling the disease.

During a shift at the club he told his friends about his fund raising hopes and by the end of the night the first coins were already in the pot.

Since then the cash has continued to roll in with collections at train stations and supermarkets and sponsored backing for the 10 mile Beast of Bryn run, in Llanelli.

A final fund raising event is also being planned before the four-some jet off to Africa on October 11.

Chris said: “I had my mind set to reach over £20,000 and we have done that within eight months, we thought it would take much longer.

“The support from the rugby club and members has been great. Hopefully we have inspired other people to do things for charity.”

The foursome’s training regime has included nightly visits to the gym and training treks up Snowdon and Pen y Fan.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/prostatecymruglazekili2014

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