Daughter set to take on mountain challenge in honour of mother

A daughter is set to take on the challenge of scaling the world's largest freestanding mountain in honour of her mother.

In March Stacey Beattie, 25, who works as public relations professional, will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in north-eastern Tanzania, to raise money for Leonard Cheshire Disability and specifically Park House Hotel in Sandringham, which is operated by the charity, and caters for disabled people and their carers.

She said; 'I am hoping to raise enough money to purchase them some automatic doors for their conservatory so visitors can access the gardens independently without requiring assistance to open the large heavy doors that are there at the moment.'

She is hoping to raise around �10,000 and is looking for people to sponsor her in the task of climbing the 19,340ft mountain.

She says the inspiration behind her deciding to take on the challenge was her mum, Janette, 48, who used to work as a nurse but has had to give up work after developing problems with her back.

Miss Beattie said: 'My mother has become disabled in the last three years so I have seen first hand the effect a disability can have on someone's life. Supporting my mother has now inspired me to raise money so I can help Leonard Cheshire Disability to help others.'

Miss Beattie, 25, is originally from Mundesley, but now lives and works in London. However she pays frequent visits to Norfolk as her parents live in Bacton in north Norfolk.

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She said: 'My parents have helped me muster up support and lots of people in Bacton have donated items for me to sell on car boot sales at the village hall and the Poachers Pocket kindly allowed me to fundraise on Christmas Day with myself and the landlord, Gary Stubbs, doing a jump in the north sea.'

She is also hoping to hold a salsa night at the Poachers Pocket on Saturday, February 26.

Caroline Gormley, Leonard Cheshire Disability sports events officer, said: 'Stepping back from the world of PR to climb Kilimanjaro and raise funds for Leonard Cheshire Disability shows Stacey is dedicated to changing the way that society thinks about and responds to disability.

'There will no doubt be tough moments for Stacey on the 12 day trek but I am sure that she will be spurred on in the knowledge that every penny she raises will go towards making a positive difference to the lives of disabled people.'

The Leonard Cheshire Disability/PRCA Climb Kilimanjaro Trek will take place between March 16-27.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Miss Beattie can do so via www://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StaceyBeattie