AN avid Pompey fan has taken on the biggest challenge of her life and vowed to climb Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, in aid of Blue Day.
It is expected to take Hannah Savage, from Fareham, seven days to reach the top of the mountain, climbing seven to 13 hours each day, and she has promised to do the last day of the hike in her Pompey top and a blue wig.
The 21-year-old has taken on the 5,895-metre peak in a bid to raise money for Blue Day, held on May 6 in aid of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust charity, and has been training since last summer.
She said: ‘I’ve only been climbing for a few years and the highest mountains I’ve done are the Three Peaks – that’s Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike – so I’m really excited about it.
‘I am feeling pretty confident I will be able to do it, but I am a bit worried about the altitude in case it makes me sick. Apart from that I just can’t wait to get going.’
Ms Savage has already collected £266 worth of donations and a host of sponsors for her hike which she will begin on July 3.
This is the fifth Blue Day and as always all money raised will go to the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, set up in 2004 by Tom’s family shortly after his death from teenage bone cancer, osteosarcoma.
His mum Adele, dad Clinton and sister Emma hope to raise £1m through the trust to fund research into the disease and have generated £580,000 so far – £150,000 from the previous four Blue Days.
The trust has now received the £12,500 pledged by Pompey fans through shirt and ticket sales which was frozen after 2009’s Blue Day when the club went into administration.
It was after this incident that Ms Savage made a promise to herself to raise money for the trust.
She added: ‘When Pompey went into administration and couldn’t give the charity that money, I felt really bad for them and thought I should do something to make it up to them, as a Pompey fan.’
If you’re planning an event and want your name on the Roll of Honour, make sure you register at tomprince.co.uk as soon a possible.