A SCARBOROUGH teaching assistant is gearing up to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – with the help of pupil pedal power!
A fundraising bid by Jayne Graves, of Ayton, is being supported by the youngsters she works with at Hertford Vale School.
They have vowed to cycle 100 kilometres and raise £100 to help her reach her target.
Jayne will be trekking up the Tanzanian mountain, the highest in Africa, with her friend and neighbour Gill Glegg and intends to raise £2,300 for Children with Cancer UK.
She said: “I was looking for a real challenge. Being a member of Scarborough Athletic Club I’m pretty fit.
“I go to the club twice a week to do runs and core training with circuits and I also ride a tandem in races as a member of a local cycling club.
“I feel closely connected to the scourge of childhood cancer and I really wanted to do something to help.
“I did think of competing in a marathon, but I wanted to do something that was completely out of my comfort zone.”
Jayne will be giving all the money she raises to charity as she has independently met the costs of her travel and accommodation in Africa.
“I thought it’d be better to do something positive for others than to have a midlife crisis!” she laughed, adding: “And the idea of helping children with cancer and their families really struck a chord with me.”
Jayne has taken time off from her job to complete the challenge and says the school has been very supportive.
They are helping raise funds by holding an African-themed lunch and having a 100K turbo training bike event in the school hall.
Jayne will be setting up a daily internet blog to the school in order to include the children as much as possible in the challenge.
She and Gill will be taking on the climb in October 2012.
If you would like to sponsor her go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/JayneGraves