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Teenagers scale Kilimanjaro in memory of lost kayaker

The brothers were raising money for the PLanB charity set up after the death of Dominic Jackson.

Two teenage brothers have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for a charity set up in memory of a kayaker they knew who died after going missing at sea.

The family of Dominic Jackson, 35, set up PLanB to promote safety planning for outdoor adventures and the use of personal locator beacons (PLBs) after his death in February.

Mr Jackson was reported missing on Sunday February 5 after he failed to return from a kayaking trip off Portsoy on the north coast of Aberdeenshire.

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Dominic Jackson's body was found at sea after a kayaking trip (Archie Dick Reid/PA)

Four days later, his body was found in water near Lybster, about 50 miles from Portsoy in the Highlands.

Mr Jackson was originally from Uckfield near Brighton but lived in Aberdeenshire for around 13 years, running a gardening business in the Laurencekirk area.

Brothers Harvey Dick-Reid, 17, and Archie Dick-Reid, 14, knew Mr Jackson through his work at their home at Fasque Castle estate in Fettercairn, and they were keen to raise money for PLanB.

The pair have so far raised more than £1,200 through climbing Africa’s highest peak on a trip with their school Lathallan.

Their mother Heather Dick-Reid said: “Our children were quite familiar with Dom through his work at the estate. He was always just a really lovely man who we were really fond of.

“The boys had already committed to the climb last year and we realised it was an opportunity for them to raise some money and they both said they wanted to raise some money for PLanB.

“Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was a really great achievement, particularly because they are so young.”

The boys, part of a group of 18 pupils, set off at midnight on July 14 and reached the 5,895m summit of the Tanzanian mountain around nine hours later.

The family of Mr Jackson, one of six siblings, believe a PLB could have saved his life and they have urged people to consider using one.

A PLB is a small, lightweight and wearable device which, when activated, transmits a powerful signal using radio frequencies and satellite tracking, enabling emergency services to pinpoint the person’s location.

Mr Jackson’s sister Ellie, who lives in Australia, said: “I want others to learn from Dom and plan their adventure properly, getting the right skills, going with someone or part of a group, carrying the right gear and letting someone know where and when you are going are all part of having a plan B.

“My brother was already missing for 36 hours before the alarm was raised as he hadn’t let anyone know he was going out that day.

“I would like people to remember my brother Dom when making their own preparations and stop and think about their own safety and also to have respect for their families, no family should have to be put through an ordeal like that for the sake of passion and thrill for a sport.”

Anyone wanting to donate to the boys’ JustGiving page can access the charity via social media through the link @planbcharity and can visit www.planbcharity.org for more information.

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