A BARNSLEY woman has tackled the world's highest free-standing mountain in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

Laura Frudd, of Greenset View, Athersley, works in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and climbed 5,895 metres up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Surpassing her £3,600 fundraising target, Laura said: "It was tough and touch and go at some points with the altitude effects. We were walking for six to seven hours a day and did a ten-hour stint before reaching its summit.

"It's cold up there but some of us got sunburn with no cloud protection. It starts out with jungle-like terrain but it's like the moon when you get higher."

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."

For more information on Laura's efforts, click here.