Pictured: Gabrielle (left) with sister Isabel at the summit of Mount Toubkal
The MD of an Eccleshall online marketing company has warmed up for her assault on Mount Kilimanjaro by scaling the highest mountain in North Africa.
Gabrielle Hadley, of ExtraMile Communications, is to climb Kili in September to raise £19,341 – £1 for every foot of Africa’s highest peak – for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust in Trentham.
She has been training for nine months, and stepped up her preparations by flying to Morocco in May to tackle Mount Toubkal, battling 42 degree heat and a lack of oxygen to reach the 13,671ft summit.
So far she has raised £4,408, which is enough to pay for seven children to have a one day respite stay at the hospice, giving families the chance to rest and recharge their batteries.
Her generosity is not restricted to pushing her body to the limit for charity.
She said: “It was my birthday in April, but rather than ask for presents I asked my friends and family to help me get the fundraising started by sponsoring me instead.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has helped so far, especially my personal trainer Martyn Caton, from British Urban Fitness, and kit provider Danny Jocelyn, from Stafford Outdoor Leisure, who have been a constant source of support and good advice.”
Gabrielle will continue her preparations by climbing in the Cairngorms this month and re-climbing Mount Snowdon in July.
Eccleshall-based trainer Martyn Caton is confident she is making good progress and will make it to Kili’s summit in one piece.
He said: “Gabrielle has been doing extremely well since September last year, adapting to a very challenging and rapidly progressing exercise programme.
“She is constantly demonstrating the maximum effort, determination and ‘unwillingness to quit’ attitude that will certainly get her through the challenge ahead.”
Further information on Gabrielle’s progress can be found at http://kiligabs.blogspot.co.uk/, and donations can be made here http://www.justgiving.com/kiligabs.
Melanie Mills, Director of Fundraising and PR at The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, said: “This is a fantastic effort by Gabrielle and we will be cheering her on every step of the way and we are asking people to help her get to the summit by making a donation and sponsoring her.
“Every single penny The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice receives helps to make a difference to the lives of children and their families.”