A BUSINESSWOMAN is gearing up to trek across the Grand Canyon for a good cause.
Paula Orton, from Havant, will hike through some of the most remote regions in the US and use tunnels, ladders and trails to explore deep clefts and caverns.
The 36-year-old hair and beauty clinic owner, who will be walking up to 10 miles a day, is raising money for Naomi House and Jacksplace Children and Young Adults Hospice, near Winchester, to help with the daily running costs of the invaluable services the staff deliver.
The hospices provide expert hospice care to more than 280 life-limited and life-threatened children, young people and their extended families.
She is just £1,000 off her £4,000 target for the charity.
Paula said: ‘I was determined to spend this year doing things out of my comfort zone and helping local charities.
‘I signed up to trek the Grand Canyon having never put on a pair of hiking boots and being terrified of heights.’
Follow Paula’s training blog at onyerhike.com
To donate, go to justgiving.com/Paula-Orton or donate by texting GRCA80 followed by an amount up to £10 – eg GRCA80 £10 – to 70070 or in person at Bodyworks Hair and Beauty Clinic, Meridian Centre, Havant.