Get involved: Send your news, views, pictures and video by texting SUPIC to 80360 or email us.
Lady of Sussex manor hits new heights with mountain climb for charity
10:00am Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
A Lady of a Sussex manor house has been leaving her 17th century home behind to scale mountains for charity.
The 72-year-old who is “terrified of heights” was inspired by her late husband, who died of cancer, to raise thousands of pounds for Prostate Cancer UK.
Lady Collum, of Clinton Lodge Garden in Fletching, first tackled Kilimanjaro and will soon be scaling Mera Peak.
She said: “I climbed Kilimanjaro to try to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, as my late husband was suffering from prostate cancer before he died. In the process I discovered my potential.
“I was never sporty and I’m terrified of heights, but you just have to believe in yourself, and not look down.”
Lady Collum has now climbed two mountains and is going to take on the 22,000ft Mera Peak in Nepal’s Himalayas in September to raise money for Friends of Sussex Hospices.
Experience She said: “My late husband used to be a major fundraiser for St Peter’s and St James’ Hospices, so he was my inspiration.”
Incredibly, Lady Collum has had five operations on her feet and finds it difficult on the way down but claims to remain undeterred.
She said: “I manage. It’s worth while in the end.”
When asked what her grandchildren think about it, Lady Collum replied: “They have no comprehension.
“They just can’t imagine the experience.”
She added: “I think it’s important to do whatever you are able to do to raise money and awareness.”
To support Lady Collum visit justgiving.com/noelcollummerapeak.
See the latest news headlines from The Argus:
- Travel Watch Live
- Sentenced to life: Royal Marine from Brighton who shot wounded Afghan in cold blood
- Bomb squad called to Brighton street
- Sussex business winners line up to take top honours
- Severe flooding in Shoreham after River Adur bursts its banks
Comments are closed on this article.