A CHESTER woman will be pulling on her walking boots in July when she tackles the biggest physical and mental challenge of her life and takes on climbing the UK's highest mountains in a bid to raise funds for the Meningitis Trust.
The Three Peaks Challenge, for which participants have to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship, will see Melanie Phillips of Vicars Cross tackle the heights of Snowdon in Wales (1,085m), Scafell Pike in England (the baby of the challenge at 978m) and Ben Nevis in Scotland, the UK's highest mountain (1,344m) - all in just 36 hours.
Melanie said: “Meningitis is a devastating disease that can strike anyone at any age without warning. The signs are often difficult to spot because early on they can be like those of cold and flu. Knowing symptoms not only saves lives but can also prevent the debilitating after-effects that meningitis can cause.
“My 15-year-old son had meningitis when he was a toddler, it took hold of him very quickly and he ended up at the Countess of Chester Hospital then Alder Hey. Luckily he didn't have any lasting damage, but others aren't as fortunate as him.”
If you would like to make a donation, log on to www.justgiving.com/Melanie-Phillips1.