ONE Newbury woman will be going to great heights to help wounded veterans in a trek to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Rachel Littlewood, aged 32, will be travelling to Tanzania in October next year for the expedition in an effort to raise £5,000 for Help for Heroes.
The marketing consultant is now planning a series of fundraising events for the charity in the run up to the climb and she chose the Help for Heroes after a seeing a number of those close to her become affected by their experiences on the front line.
Speaking to the Newbury Weekly News, Rachel said: “I know quite a few people who are in, or have been in, the armed forces and one of my friends actually suffers from post traumatic stress disorder.
“They do such a fantastic job and I’ve got a lot of respect for what they do on a day-to-day basis.
“I’ve set the target at £5,000 but I just want to try and raise as much money and awareness as possible.”
Rachel said she is a naturally adventurous person and has travelled extensively, falling in love with Africa during a previous trip in 2012 where she saw Kilimanjaro from a distance for the first time.
Since then Rachel said she has always wondered what it would be like to stand on the highest peak in Africa, and after being given the all clear following a battle with cervical cancer last year she decided it was now time to tackle the mountain.
“When I was in Africa the guide pointed Kilimanjaro out in the distance but I couldn’t see it,” she said.
“He told me to look up above the clouds and there it was.
“It looked amazing.
“I thought at that point I definitely need to climb it, but never got round to it.
“The battle with cancer definitely gave me the massive wake- up call that I needed and now I can’t wait to get it started.”
Anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/RachelLittlewood or by texting HFHD88 £(1-5 or 10) to 70070.