Woman carried across beacons for charity

08:03 10 July 2012

Christine Westlake with the Royal Navy submarine crew members.

Christine Westlake with the Royal Navy submarine crew members.

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An MS sufferer has taken on an unusual challenge to raise money for charity.

A WOMAN suffering from multiple sclerosis has braved the Brecon Beacons while strapped into a wheelchair on the shoulders of 12 naval officers.

Christine Westlake, 51, from Braunton took part in the challenge in which 12 Royal Navy submarine crew members carried her across the Beacons to raise money for the South West M.S. Therapy Centre in Exeter.

She has raised more than £700 in sponsorship and the crew members have also raised a further £1,000.

“The challenge went well; the route varied from forest tracks to narrow rocky paths running with water,” said Mrs Westlake, who has had MS for more than 14 years.

“We had to go up the side of a steep waterfall with the crew climbing over large fallen trees and lifting me at shoulder height.

“We then had to go through floods with hidden boulders into an old railway tunnel and more floods as we came out of the tunnel which was also running with water.

“The only problem the lads and I got lots of midge bites; they were out in force due to the warm damp weather.”

The crew completed the challenge, with Mrs Westlake map-reading at the helm, in three hours and 58 minutes, two minutes below their target.

Anyone who wishes to sponsor Mrs Westlake or the crew can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/Christine-Westlake or at J & S Wensley newsagents Braunton.

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