Almost £2,000 has been raised for cancer sufferers by two Clitheroe girls who climbed the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, earlier this month.
Olivia Morgan (19) and Laura Room (20), who both work at Clitheroe’s Booths, began the challenge on July 6th.
Olivia said: “Myself and Laura decided last year that we wanted to challenge ourselves and therefore decided to attempt to climb Kilimanjaro. We have worked tirelessly at Booths, working any additional hours in order to self fund our expedition.
“As an addition we decided to use this opportunity to raise money for a worthwhile charity and chose Cancer Research UK, as it is a cause close to our hearts having had family recently diagnosed with cancer.”
The duo, who are both studying psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, trained by going out walking together and running. They also both joined CrossFit in Clitheroe to increase their fitness levels.
“The challenge began on July 6th and, after immense willpower, we reached the summit on July 13th after walking through the night for 10 hours,” Olivia recalled.
“It proved extremely challenging, but a fabulous experience and one we will remember for a lifetime
“We would like to take this opportunity of thanking people who have so kindly donated to Cancer Research via our Justgiving page, to family, friends and neighbours and to strangers who have approached us and so kindly donated.
“The challenge, the achievement and the money raised for Cancer Research is something that we are very proud of.”