Lynn ladies set to scale new heights with Ben Nevis climb

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A quartet of West Norfolk ladies will embark on their toughest challenge yet when they ascend the tallest mountain in the British Isles to raise money for charity.

Marnie Barsby, Jennie Clarke, Vicki Boulding, Shareen Hannan will climb to the peak of Ben Nevis tomorrow as their recent fundraising exploits scale new heights.

They’re doing it to raise funds for Cystic Fibrois, which Mrs Barsby’s daughter Millie, 10, suffers from.

Miss Boulding, who is Millie’s godmother, said: “Climbing Ben Nevis will be our biggest challenge to date.

“I’m terrified of heights and Marnie and Jennie aren’t too keen either.

“When I went to the top of Eiffel Tower my legs turned to jelly. I’m quite nervous about it but we’ve just got to do it now.

“I’ve done the GEAR run and completed half-marathons, but none of us have ever done anything like this before.”

The 1344-metre ascent is expected to take around five hours and three hours to come down.

“The sooner I’m back down on level ground, the better really,” quipped Miss Boulding.

“We’ve got the kit and our boots and we have been training in Norfolk. We have done the distance, we just haven’t completed it going up.

“We will also be climbing on Marnie’s birthday so we will have plenty to celebrate when we are finally back on the ground and the bubbles will hopefully be flowing.”

So far this year, more than £2,600 has been raised for Cystic Fibrosis through a fun day hosted by Sue and Mick Sands (Millie’s grandparents) in July and other activities.

Local duet Aria’s Echo, who will be performing in Dersingham on Sunday, have also raised a few hundred this year, singing at various events.

“Our initial fundraising target was £2,000 but we are now hoping to get more like £3,000 with what has been pledged,” said Miss Boulding.

Anyone who would like to donate to the fundraising efforts can do so by visiting: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/MillieB