ALYCE Markham isn’t very keen on heights but she’s determined to overcome any fears she might have by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in August in aid of a children’s international charity.
The 20-year-old Coventry University student who lives in Wasperton, says she’s so “grateful” for the level of education she enjoyed as a student at Stratford Girls Grammar School, she feels honour bound to give something back and help other school children in less fortunate circumstances.
“I feel it is essential that all children globally have the same opportunity to education that we are so lucky to have here. I’m supporting Childreach International which campaigns for better education and children’s rights in the UK, Africa, Asia and Latin America. I will be visiting a school when I go to Tanzania to see first-hand the work the charity does,” Alyce said.
Alyce admits she took up mountaineering while at university and it has helped her grow in confidence and diminished her fear of heights. The opportunity has now arisen for her to join fellow students from Coventry University and climb Kilimanjaro in August. Alyce will be in Tanzania for 16 days from the 22nd August and seven days later will reach the roof of Africa at the 5895m Uhuru Peak.
The target Alyce needs to reach is £2,895 for Childreach International. She’s raised £250 so far from public donations and a recent Valentine’s Day/Mothers’ Day cake and candle sale.
On Sunday 20th March she’s holding an Easter Fayre and Tabletop Sale at Barford Village Hall from 2pm to 5pm where antiques, homemade gift items, beauty products and a name the Easter Bunny competition will be on offer.
Alyce says she’s grateful for the support she’s received for the fayre from local businesses including donations for raffle prizes from Coco Rose and Kokua in Warwick, a family trip to Hatton Adventure Park, free family entry to Charlecote Park and Redken products donated by The Hair Shop, Warwick.
In the meantime Alyce continues to train hard with regular walks to build-up fitness levels spurred on by the knowledge that she’s doing it all for an important children’s charity.