A COURAGEOUS store worker is taking on a mammoth climbing challenge to raise money for charity.
Katy Barley, from Black Mountain, near Mold, will climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain – as she attempts to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Katy, who works in Boots pharmacy in Mold, will be taking on the challenge alongside 60 of her Boots colleagues from across the UK.
Over eight days in January, Katy and her colleagues will tackle all 5,895 metres (19,341ft) of the Tanzania mountain known as the Roof of Africa.
The team will brave days of climbing at high altitudes, sleeping in two man tents and no showers on their quest for the summit.
Temperatures on the climb can range from a high of 40C in the heat of the African daytime to -20C at night.
To help boost her funds Katy has also taken part in a number of other fundraising activities including coffee mornings, sponsored cycles and a sponsored silence.
To date she has managed to raise an impressive £4,800 and has said she can’t wait to take on the mountain climbing challenge.
She said: “Cancer is often the toughest fight many people will ever face and with two million people currently living with or beyond cancer in the UK – a number set to rise to four million by 2030 – never has Macmillan's work been more important.
“I am really looking forward to doing my bit to help Macmillan reach more people affected by cancer and make sure no one faces cancer alone.
“I am so incredibly grateful for all of the support I have received from the community here in Flintshire - your donations really do make a huge difference.”
To support Katy’s Boots Macmillan Kilimanjaro challenge visit www.justgiving.com/katybarleykilimanjaro.
To follow the team's progress on the climb visit http://bootskilimanjaro.blogspot.co.uk/.