Peacehaven mum- of-four to scale Kilimanjaro

A dedicated NSPCC volunteer fundraiser is taking on the trek of a lifetime by scaling to the top of one of the world’s largest volcanoes to raise money for the children’s charity.

Dawn Paul, a mum-of-four from Peacehaven, has been supporting the NSPCC since 2011 and has taken part in countless challenges to raise vital funds for the charity. She is also chair for the Brighton area NSPCC volunteers.

She arrives at Kilimanjaro on February 13. The trek takes place along the Rongai route starting in the north. During the 5,895 metre ascent, she will pass through five different eco systems, experience big fluctuations in temperature and witness spectacular views across Kenya and Tanzania.

Dawn, 54, said: “I started supporting the NSPCC because it was a cause that was close to my sister’s heart and since she passed away in 2011 I’ve been doing all I can to support them, in her name and my own.

“I never in a million years thought I’d be doing something like this but here I am counting down the days – I’m doing it!

“I’m training every day by going on long walks and runs and I have a good friend who is also an exceptional personal trainer – I train with her once a week. Other training consists of using my exercise bike while I’m cooking dinner, getting used to sleeping in a sleeping bag and getting my body used to drinking copious amounts of water.”

Dawn hopes to raise a minimum of £1,000 through the challenge. To sponsor Dawn, visit her page at nspcc.tributefunds.com/DawnPaul.or www.justgiving.com/DawnPaul or text HIUP £5 to 70070.