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A UNIVERSITY graduate whose vital camping equipment was stolen can embark on a trip of a lifetime after a Havant firm agreed to sponsor her.

University of Portsmouth marine biology graduate Kira Coley, from Southsea, spent hundreds of pounds on specialised equipment such as treated mosquito nets, research books and dive medical supplies for a self-funded post in Madagascar as an assistant marine research officer.

But a rucksack containing all her equipment went missing when she was moving out of her flat in St Andrews Road, Southsea, last month.

Uni-Guard Fire Protection Ltd, in The Oakwood Centre, Downley Road, Havant, agreed to sponsor her for £900 after hearing the news.

Trident Scuba in Highland Road, Southsea, heavily discounted her equipment and diving training courses.

Kira said: ‘I’m so excited about starting my new job especially as I thought I would never get to go.

‘I can’t believe it is actually happening.’