Heather prepares for Kilimanjaro trek

Heather Webster sets off on a training walk near her home

Heather Webster sets off on a training walk near her home

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Care worker Heather Webster is preparing to tackle Africa’s highest mountain to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

She will fly out to Tanzania in July to join a group of fellow trekkers who aim to reach the daunting snow-capped peak of the dormant volcano, which is the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres high.

My biggest worry is altitude sickness. I’d hate to be forced to give up near the summit

Heather Webster

Heather (23), from Newton-in-Bowland, is a health care assistant at The Manor House care home, Chatburn, where she helps care for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

She said: “I just came home from work one night and decided I wanted to do something different from a normal holiday.”

It will take three and a half days to reach the top, including an overnight climb that ends in watching the spectaular sunrise.

To prepare for the challenge, Heather is training twice a week under the guidance of personal trainer Samantha Holden at Roefield Leisure Centre, Clitheroe, weight--training and using a Summit machine which simulates trekking uphill. “I hate that machine, but I’m always on it,” Heather said.

Heather also goes walking in the country in all weathers to prepare for the varied weather conditions she’ll face on the climb, ranging from plains heat to alpine cold.

“My biggest worry is altitude sickness,” she said. “I’d hate to be forced to give up near the summit.”

Heather has paid for the trip herself, so all the money she raises will go to the Alzheimer’s Society.

To sponsor her, go to www.justgiving.com/profile/heatherskilimanjarotrek