The mum of brain tumour victim Katy Holmes will be joining forced with a grief-stricken family from the other side of the world to climb Kilimanjaro to boost funds for research into paediatric brain tumours.
Paula Holmes of Penwortham, near Preston, will head to Africa in August this year along with a team of seven others from Preston to climb the mountain.
The team will be meeting up with parents Rob and Khush from Australia, who lost their own child to a brain tumour and set up the Isabella and Marcus Paediatric Brainstem Tumour Fund in Australia with the parents of another brain tumour victim.
The group of 10 will be taking part in the Kilimanjaro Challenge with Action Challenge and after meeting the costs, they will be raising a minimum of £2,000 each for the Katy Holmes Trust.
Paula, who is married to Dave and also has daughters Charlet and Scarlet, said: “I have always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro and Katy had said that she would like to do it too.
“I am doing this challenge because we always told Katy that we would take her up Kilimanjaro one day so this is us keeping part of that promise.
“Dave did the John O’Groats to Land’s End bike challenge last year, so I felt I should do a challenge too.
“Sometimes, I look in the mirror and think, ‘What have I let myself in for?’ as the last time I did any hill-walking was with Katy and Charley and I have had another baby since then.
“But I am going to train hard and I am determined to do this. I intend to do the National Three Peaks Challenge as part of my training.
“It is great that Rob and Khush will be flying over from Australia to meet us in Africa.
“All the trekkers who take part pay £349 direct to Action Challenge to register.
“They then have to pay £3,900 to the Katy Holmes Trust.
“We then pay £1,900 out of this to cover the trekker’s costs and the charity will get to keep a minimum of £2,000 for each member of the team.
“I am really looking forward to taking part and we hope to raise lots of awareness and money for the Katy Holmes Trust through this.”