AN Athersley woman is set to tackle the world's highest free-standing mountain in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

Laura Frudd, of Greenset View, works in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and will be climbing 5,895 metres up Kilimanjaro.

Her choice of charity was an easy decision. Having seen her mum, Gillian, 54, successfully battle the disease, she saw Jean, her gran, succumb to it not long after.

"Back in 2009, my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer," said the 23-year-old, an ex-pupil at the former Edward Sheerien School.

"At the same time, my gran was also fighting the disease. Unfortunately she didn't make it, but my mum did and Breast Cancer Care's support network gives patients what they need. 

"They make it possible to meet other people who are in the same situation as them, so they're there to support each other.

"If it wasn’t for all the other people donating to Breast Cancer Care, this wouldn’t have happened. That is why I feel I need to repay them and say thank you."

Going on the Machame Trail - a route famed for its scenic ascent - Laura will be walking around eight hours a day for six days, entering all sorts of different sub-climates. The mountain has the lot: green moorland, desert-like terrain and finally its ice-capped peak.

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