SHEER determination has propelled a Cheadle woman to the top of Africa's highest mountain.
Despite unseasonal cold weather, travelling alone and then burning her face so badly she couldn’t see, Kirstie Hancock, 26, refused to be beaten by Kilimanjaro.
Spurred on by thoughts of the sponsorship she was collecting for the Donna Louise Hospice, Kirstie refused to give in – even after being advised she was no longer medically fit to continue.
A radio appeal for the Donna Louise Trust first inspired Kirstie to tackle the peak earlier this year.
The social worker from Cheadle had already planned to spend a fortnight in Zanzibar volunteering at a school – but the work of the children’s hospice and plans to offer services to young people past the age of 19, prompted her to extend her trip and try to raise £500 for the charity.
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