A daring bank clerk who has jumped out of planes and braved Iceland’s lava caves, is planning to take fundraising to new heights when she takes on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Cherrelle Rowe, 22, from Grafton Road, Gaywood, completed her second skydive last year and raised more than £2,000 for PAPYRUS, a suicide prevention charity, in memory of her father.
Shortly after, she heard about the Mount Kilimanjaro challenge through her work at Lynn’s Barclays bank and decided to sign up to help raise money for Elise for Life, a charity aiming to raise £1million for The Christie Cancer Centre in Manchester.
Miss Rowe said: “I didn’t know Elise, but she worked for Barclay’s and became ill with a malignant melanoma.
“She climbed Mount Kilimanjaro when she was receiving treatment and she decided she wanted to raise £1million for the centre before she died.
“When she died, a charity was set up to continue her work and there are now 225 Barclays staff taking on Mount Kilimanjaro this year, with Barclays matching every penny we raise.”
She added: “It’s the biggest fundraising event that Charity Challenge, the ones who didthe Comic Relief trip with Cheryl Cole and Chris Moyles, have ever done.
“I’m the only one in this region who is doing the challenge which means I need extra help to raise the money because the others are all working together.”
Miss Rowe has been set the challenge of raising £2,100, which will be matched by Barclay’s, before she flies out to Tanzania on October 4 to start the 5,895m climb to the summit.
The climb, which takes eight days, will push climbers to the limits of their physical fitness while facing altitude sickness and will take Miss Rowe higher than the planes she has previously skydived from.
She said: “I’m scared, I really am, and I don’t get scared. I’m really excited about it because it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“I’m really looking forward to it, but it does leave me with a sense of dread because it will be the biggest challenge I’ve ever done.
“I’m really looking forward to reaching the top - it will be amazing and the views and supposed to be incredible, but I’m just scared of altitude sickness and not making it all the way up.
She added: “I do have the bug for doing stupid things, so no-one was shocked when I told them what I was doing.”
“I’m hoping to climb Snowdonia before I go in October,to give me an idea of what I’m in for.”
Miss Rowe is hoping to hold a series of fundraisers over the next few months including car boot sales, while staff at the Lynn branch of Barclays will be holding a cake sale.
She is also planning to run the Grand East Anglia Run in May and is now looking for sponsors.
She said: “My brother, Josh, and my boyfriend, Ben, have volunteered to have a full body wax as well and we will be letting people bid for wax strips which will be good fun. We’re just waiting to find out dates for the waxing.
“People can donate now by going to www.justgiving.com/Cherrelle-Rowe or they can text CHEZ95, then the amount they wish to donate, £-, to 70070.”