SHE’S scared of heights and has never climbed a mountain before.
But that has not stopped gutsy Clare Morley committing to climbing the world’s tallest free-standing mountain to help families with terminally-ill children.
The 31-year-old will climb Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano in Tanzania standing at 5,895 metres, with her friend Emma Reid.
The seven-day climb will raise cash for the Rainbow Trust, which provides emotional and practical support to families.
Clare and Emma both got the idea three years ago while they were working at Waterstone’s in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, because the book shop was supporting the Rainbow Trust at the time.
Clare, a gym instructor who is also training in sign language, said: ‘I saw Chris Moyles and Cheryl Cole do it on television a few years ago and I thought “I reckon I can do that”.
‘I spoke to my friend Emma who I worked with and at the moment, we decided to do it.
‘We liked the charity and it’s an excellent cause.’
Since then the pair have been working tirelessly to raise the £3,600 each needed to do the charity climb.
They have done gift-wrapping at Waterstones, bag packing at Asda in Waterlooville, and book stalls at the Meridian Centre in Havant.
One of the final fundraisers will be tomorrow when Clare’s mum Rita Morley, of Exton Road, Havant, will put on an 80s disco night at Gunwharf Quays.
Clare said she developed her passion for walking as a teenager and used to go on long walks in the Lake District, South Downs and trek from Leigh Park to Southsea.
But nothing will prepare her for the dizzying altitudes of Kilimanjaro.
Clare said: ‘I am going to come down very quickly.
‘I know people who have done it and they say it’s so cold that you come straight down. You take the famous picture and then rush down again. I am scared of heights. Some particular bits it looks like you could fall right down.’
She says the climb, scheduled for next January, will be a massive achievement.
The disco is at Grosvenor G Casino from 7pm to 11.30pm tomorrow. People are asked to wear 80s-style outfits and tickets are £5.