A HUGE challenge awaits one local woman as she prepares to take on Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.
Debbie Walker, from Kexby Lane in Kexby, near Gainsborough, has lost her father-in-law and mother to cancer and has vowed to trek up Africa’s highest mountain, rising to the 19,340 ft peak for Cancer Research UK.
“I’m ready for the challenge,” said the 47-year-old.
“I wanted to do it because I’m always climbing mountains and I’m in the Peak District most weekends.”
The main reason that Debbie has decided to raise funds for Cancer Research UK is because she lost her mum Pauline Pickford to cancer earlier this year and her father-in-law Joe Walker died of cancer last year.
Debbie said: “Joe has made it possible for me to go on this trek for my own achievement. I know that they will both be very proud of me for raising money for Cancer Research UK.”
“My father-in-law was dying of cancer, and he paid for me to go and make this possible.”
She continued: “When my mother died, I decided to do the Three Peaks challenge for charity and raised £700. This time it’s a big step up and my goal is to raise £1,500.”
Determind to succeed, Debbie has been training very vigorously in preparation.
“I’ve been up in the Peak District most weekends doing about 30 to 50 miles and I’ve been going to the gym about six times a week,” she said.
However, Debbie says she is not daunted by the challenge.
“I’m a bit nervous about going alone, but I’ll meet about 12 to 16 people when I get there and I’m a bit worried about flying, but mainly I’ll just be really excited to get there and see some amazing scenery and wild animals,” she said.
“The altitude and adrenaline can make you seriously ill, but I love a challenge and I’m really looking forward to this.”
Debbie added: “There’s always someone that’s been affected by or lost someone to cancer, so I hope I can raise a lot of money through this.”
Cancer Research UK’s area volunteer manager for South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Amanda Warrent said: “We are absolutely delighted that Debbie will be fulfilling this great personal achievement whilst also raising funds for Cancer Research UK.”
“I hope she has an amazing experience. We can’t thank her enough for her support and want to wish Debbie the very best on the day.”
Debbie will be climbing Kilimanjaro on 17th August.
To sponsor her and donate to the cause you can visit www.justgiving.com/Debbie-Walker.