A Scarborough woman is gearing up for a five-day trek across Iceland to raise money for the Haemophilia Society.
Kayleigh Tapsell is taking on the challenge in July after being inspired by her six-year-old nephew Luca, who has the condition which stops his blood from clotting.
She explained: “Luca is amazing! He has to inject every other day, can’t do some of the things his friends can and spends a lot of his time in hospital.
“He never complains though. He just gets on with it and accepts what he has to do because it will stop him from being poorly.
“He’s six years old and much braver, stronger and accepting than I will ever be. He has a three-year-old brother and a one-year-old sister and is so caring and loving towards them.
“I know the Haemophilia Society has already given my sister and our family a lot of support and I’m raising money for them so they can continue to help other families affected by haemophilia and help many other boys just like Luca - my little hero.”
The gruelling trek will involve hiking across active volcanoes, through rivers and over giant glaciers.
Kayleigh and her follow fundraisers will be camping overnight and trekking around seven to nine hours a day.
She said: “It’s going to be pretty hard work. I’m currently in training and doing what I can to raise money.
“I need to raise £2,000 minimum and all the money raised will go to the Haemophilia Society.”
Kayleigh added: “My uncle was also a haemophiliac and we unfortunately lost him 11 years ago. He was such a bubbly character and very well loved. I know he would’ve adored Luca.
“Treatment has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years and we all hope that one day there will be a cure. Until then, we need all the help and support we can from the Haemophilia Society.”
To donate please go to www.justgiving.com/KTapsell and go to www.facebook.com/TapsellTreksIceland for updates on how Kayleigh’s training and fundraising is going.