Epic fundraiser Maria faces her toughest climb

Maria Munro at Everest Base Camp EMN-150320-164709001
Maria Munro at Everest Base Camp EMN-150320-164709001
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A Melton woman, who has raised £33,000 for cancer charities with a series of epic mountain climbs, is preparing for her final challenge.

Maria Munro plans to scale the Himalayan peak Stok Kangri, which at more than 20,000ft is the highest she has ever taken on.

She has already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Toubkal and Mount Everest Base Camp for Macmillan Cancer Support but admits this will be tougher.

“I am quite scared,” said Maria, who intends to do the ascent next year.

“This will take me eight or nine days to complete.

“On the summit night, we set off at 2am in the morning and trek for a long, tiring, 12 hours to reach the summit.

“This is going to be one hell of a challenge and I get nervous thinking about it.”

The motivation for Maria’s remarkable fundraising efforts is her late mother Shirley, who died from a brain tumour in November 2011.

She said: “My Mum died just before my last challenge to Everest Base Camp, so this challenge has taken me some time to motivate myself.

“I’m still not feeling 100 per cent motivated to do this challenge but once the donations start coming in I’ll remember why I’m doing this.”

Maria is currently looking for sponsors and is offering to take photos for a donation to her Just Giving Page.

She is offering her photographic services, in return for a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support, to anyone who has a birthday party, family day out, special occasion or any other moment they would like to capture on camera.

Maria added: “I am hoping my final challenge will bring this total up to £35,000 - it would be even more incredible if it reached £40,000.”

To sponsor Maria go online at www.justgiving.com/Maria-Munro1