Barnstaple mum's mountain climb for children's charity

A NORTH Devon mum has climbed one of the world s highest mountains to offer support to bereaved children. Pamela Leighton, from Littabourne, Barnstaple, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, raising �2,000 for childhood bereavement charity Winston s Wish. T

A NORTH Devon mum has climbed one of the world's highest mountains to offer support to bereaved children.

Pamela Leighton, from Littabourne, Barnstaple, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, raising �2,000 for childhood bereavement charity Winston's Wish.

The mum of two, a teaching assistant at Pilton Community College, took part in the six-day trek to the summit of Africa's highest mountain last month to mark the first year anniversary of her husband's death.

Pamela, 42, joined a group of 30 charity climbers taking on the 5,895-metre Uhuru Peak.

"To reach the top was a massive challenge for me," said Pamela, who prepared for the trek with months of early-morning gym visits and weekend coastal path walks.

"I was in the venture scouts many years ago but as a parent, I have never done anything like this before.

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"Every time I thought I could see the summit, a higher peak would appear over the horizon.

"It was very demanding but I put in a lot of training and I was the third person in the group to get to the top, just in time for a glorious sun-rise. It was around minus 21C with severe wind chill but it was a moment I will never forget."

Pamela, who saved �2,500 of her own money to take part in the challenge, decided to raise money for Winston's Wish following the fantastic support the charity had given her family.

Natalie Barrington, the charity's community and events fundraiser, said: "Pamela is such an inspirational lady. Climbing Kilimanjaro to raise money for Winston's Wish is one that has taken great mental and physical strength and we're so grateful for all her hard work."

Visit: www.winstonswish.org.uk

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