Tracey will take wishes to the top

Feathers released from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro will carry local people’s wishes in aid of hospice.

A LANDKEY woman is offering people the chance to have their wishes ‘heard’ on one of the highest peaks on earth.

Mum-of-three Tracey Hommell, 41, will be joining other North Devon Hospice supporters for a 10 day trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, next summer.

And as part of her efforts to raise �5,000 for the charity, she is inviting people to buy a feather for �10 that she will release at the summit on June 23.

“Each feather will represent someone’s wish,” said Tracey, a registered childminder who has also worked as a volunteer at the hospice.

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“I am aiming to voice each wish verbally on the way up but also write them in snow, with stones or any way in which we can on the trek up the mountain. People can have feathers for themselves; their loved ones here and gone; their friends or animals.

“I will carry them all from the bottom of Mount Kilimanjaro to the summit where they will be released that one step closer to heaven.”

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Tracey said she was taking part in the hospice’s Overseas Challenge to prove to herself that she could do anything she put her mind to, and to try to inspire her children.

“It’s going to be a life-changing trip; it’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this before but I have many family loved ones and friends who have passed away at North Devon Hospice. Having volunteered there also, I know first hand how amazing the place is.”

Tracey is urging Gazette readers to consider buying a ‘wish feather’ for a loved ones this Christmas.

“It’s a nice Christmas gift to give family and friends – something a little different,” she said.

“After the trek I will publish a certificate to those who have bought feathers to show my achievement and inform them that their wishes have been sent.”

If you’d like to sponsor Tracey or buy a feather, telephone her on 01271 830618 or visit her Just Giving web page,

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