Portsmouth’s Karen gears up for a mammoth trek

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BRAVE businesswoman Karen Williams is gearing up for a mammoth trek in aid of a worthy cause.

Karen, who runs Self Discovery Coaching, a firm which helps people find jobs, will join 30 other women who will walk up part of Machu Picchu, a mountainous area in Peru.

The climb will take around five days.

She is taking on the challenge next September in a bid to raise money for Genesis Research Trust, which raises funds for scientists looking into health problems in babies.

Karen has set herself a target of raising £3,500.

As part of her training she will take part in a skydive on September 1.

Karen, 38, who lives and works from her home in Hilsea, said: ‘It’s going to be tough dealing with the altitude.

‘I need to make sure I’m fit enough.

‘My friend Tracy Harris cycled across Vietnam for the same charity last year and that inspired me to do this.

‘I’m really looking forward to the challenge.’

Karen will begin to raise funds when she runs a careers workshop at Lysses House Hotel, in High Street, Fareham, on September 6.

The money will come from tickets which costs £35 each.

For more information about the charity visit genesisresearchtrust.com