A kind-hearted teenager is repaying her teacher for her support by taking on a colossal challenge.
Alice Russell from Bamber Bridge, will set off on a fundraising mission scaling Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, as a thank you to her former Balshaw’s High school teacher, Angela Wilson.
The Runshaw College student said: “The support that Angela had given me at school was just brilliant,.
“I was quite a nervous head girl and she was a great mentor for me, helping me through my exams.”
After she left school, Alice discovered that Angela’s daughter, Olivia, was profoundly disabled, not being able to talk, walk or do anything for herself.
Alice said: “When I found out about Olivia, I just felt I had to do something so I decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Olivia and her school, Pear Tree Specialist School.
“Angela had helped me so much when she had Olivia to look after as well.”
Alice will spend anywhere between five and 15 hours a day hiking the mountain trail, taking six days to reach the summit and one to come down.
She said: “I’m really nervous but quite excited.
“I’ve been trying to build up my stamina because that’s going to be the biggest challenge - being in pain and tired but having to get up again the next morning to do another hike.”
Alice added: “The scenery is meant to be incredible, so it’s going to be pretty interesting for sure and I’m going to try and do a blog about it for people to see.”
In preparation for the 5,895 metre climb up the mountain that is said to have four climates, Alice has been in training at the gym, on rowing machines and weights, as well as holding race nights at The Queen’s Pub, Leyland, where she works part-time.
She said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at The Queen’s because they have been really supportive.
“As well as the race nights that they have hosted, the bar staff have donated their tips and people have been giving in their spare change.”