Inspired by her 15-month-old niece Ida Wood, Catherine Fletcher persuaded three friends to join her in a Ben Nevis trek to raise £2,500 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Catherine, of Grange Road, Lewes, Marie, Maddie and Rachel met at Chailey Secondary School and hope to climb the 1,343m to the summit of Ben Nevis, the highest point in the British Isles, on September 20.
They have also organised a raffle with prizes generously given by Lewes businesses (Baltica, Real Eating Company, Harveys, Laportes, Fireworks, Buttercup, Flint Owl, Limetree Kitchen, Lewes FC and Abergavenny Arms) to raise money and awareness for the trust.
Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic condition – only half live to their 40th birthday. It causes the the lungs and digestive system, to become clogged with thick sticky mucus, resulting in chronic infections and inflammation of the lungs.
Catherine said: “Ida was diagnosed when she was only four weeks old. Ida is now 15 months and is already the bravest, cheekiest person I know. Ida and her parents fight cystic fibrosis every day at their West Street home.
“I will do whatever I can to help Ida enjoy a full, happy and healthy life; you can feel pretty powerless against this condition. By raising money we can do our bit to support the scientists and medical experts with their research.”
To donate visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/benneviscf or to buy raffle tickets visit http://www.lewes65roses.co.uk/