A BOSTON Spa woman has just returned from a climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro.
Lisa Williams, 42, was part of a team, which ascended the 19,3000ft Tanzanian mountain to raise £125,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Lisa works as HSBCs regional international commercial manager.
She said: “I was motivated by the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro following the sad loss of my father in law Ray to cancer and wanted to find a way of helping people with cancer in some small way.
“This started last summer with two work colleagues when I started to persude people to join me in my adventure. A group of 30 people from HSBC across the UK agreed to joined me and I am absolutley delighted to have raised such a great amount of money for a fantastic charity.
“At times during the seven day trek I really did question what I was doing when the effects of altitude started to kick in leading to immense shortage of breath making standing still a real effort, big headaches and a feeling of complete exhaustion - not good when some days I walked for more than 11 hours.
When it came to summit night I left Kibo camp around midnight and climbed for about six hrs in complete darkness up a very steep incline with every step really hard work due to the lack of oxygen.
“It then took a further two hours to reach the summit and seven hours to descend and walk to the next camp for the night. I remember collapsing in my tent at the end of the day and wanting to sleep for a very long time but felt very proud and relieved to have reached the summit. I can honestly say this is a physical and mental challenge that I will remember for a very long time.
If you would like to support Lisa in her final fund raising donations can be made via her Just Giving site: www.justgiving.com/Lisa-Williams-0