Peak experience aims to aid cancer charity
A KEEN explorer is celebrating after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for charity.
Donna Colley tackled the highest mountain in Africa, climbing to nearly 6,000 metres and raising money for Cancer Research UK.
Donna, who lives on the Barbican, said she chose the charity because her mother had suffered from breast cancer and her cousin had died of a brain tumour.
She said: "I've just always wanted a personal challenge and decided I would try this as it's something different. I paid for it myself and thought it would be nice to raise some money for charity.My mum had breast cancer and my cousin died of a brain tumour so lots of my family and friends have suffered."
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In preparation for the seven-day adventure, Donna, aged 30, climbed Mount Snowdon in Wales and while travelling, tackled some big hills in New Zealand. Since then she has been working out at the gym and exercising as much as possible to ensure she was in top form for the challenge.
Her friend, Louise Mitchell, also attempted the challenge but due to altitude sickness didn't reach the summit.
Donna, who works for a psychology associates in Saltash, added: "It went really, really well. I did it but couldn't believe how tough it was.
"The last two days were hideous and it was really interesting to see how many people didn't make it."
The trip lasted 10 days, seven of which were spent on the mountain.
To sponsor Donna, visit www.justgiving.com/donna-colley.