Woman to scale Kilimanjaro for charity

Nicole Issitt, 25, trains for an epic climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for charity
Nicole Issitt, 25, trains for an epic climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for charity

A woman who was seriously injured in a horse-riding accident is to scale Africa’s highest mountain to raise funds for charity.

Nicole Issitt, an avid outdoor enthusiast from Weldon, will soon be putting her best foot forward in a bid to raise charity funds when she embarks on a challenging trek to Tanzania to climb the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro.

The 25-year-old will be bound for what is the highest mountain in Africa on August 2, boosted by a special, personal reason for raising cash for her chosen charity, an air ambulance appeal.

Four years ago, she fractured her lower spine in a serious horse-riding accident while on holiday with friends at the Brecon Beacons in Wales.

An air ambulance took her from the remote location to hospital for emergency care.

After learning she had fractured her spine, she spent nearly three weeks in hospital after which she wore a back brace for a further three months and underwent gruelling and intensive physiotherapy.

Nicole said: “I remember just how kind, reassuring and professional the helicopter crew were and how relieved I was to see them.

“At the time I thought I was just badly winded, but scans revealed I had a compressed lower spinal fracture. I was incredibly lucky that I wasn’t paralysed, it was a traumatic time for my family and friends as well as myself. I am not sure how my back will take to this challenge but I have been training hard and having a lot of physiotherapy to ensure that I am in the best shape possible.”

Nicole’s trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro will take her 5,895 metres above sea level and the high altitude journey will take six days.

The trip will take her through four different weather climates and through one of the nearest moon-like atmospheres on earth.

If you would like to sponsor Nicole and raise funds for The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance please visit http://www.justgiving.com/Nicole-Issitt.