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Laura Carter

Age: 25

Reason to “Kill the Hill”: For the last ten years I have always loved pushing myself to my absolute limits by training and competing in sporting events such as half marathons, marathons and extreme challenges such as the three peaks in 24 hours. I am always looking for new ways to test my not only physical strength but mental and physical endurance. I believe that this climb will undoubtedly be one of the hardest things I will probably ever do but the reward and feeling of completing it will be the focus and determination that will get me up the Mountain and also knowing that the money I am raising will change people’s lives for the better and help towards continued research within the cancer field. I can’t think of anything more rewarding than that!

I always set myself goals which I want to achieve before getting to big milestones; to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is on my list of things to achieve before I am 30 and to co-ordinate this personal achievement with raising funds for such a worthy cause and in support of finding cures for such an unbearable disease, would mean so much to me. It would be a huge privilege to take part in an event such as this and I would be immensely proud to say I have completed the challenge and raised (hopefully) more than the required sponsorship of £5k. Myself and Sarah Logan (also an applicant) have upped our training since the new year and have been looking for challenges to push ourselves further, this opportunity has arose and we feel it would be the perfect challenge for us to do so. We therefore hope you would consider our application.

I believe myself to be enthusiastic, motivational and inspiring to others in any task or challenge I undertake. I currently run in a running club where I help those that that are struggling to overcome their mental barriers and push themselves further to achieve their goals. I will bring these traits to the group and spur them on through difficult times.

Also, if radio one DJ Chris Moyles can kill the hill then I bloody well can too!!!

What are you most looking forward to: I am looking forward to surpassing the minimum sponsorship target of £5k and contributing to such a worthy cause which will hopefully find a cure for cancer. I would love to live in a world where cancer no longer beats us.

I am also looking forward to the pride I will feel when I am on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and taking that all important summit photo standing there on top of the highest free standing Mountain in the world. To pushing myself to a whole new level when I feel like I can’t do anymore. Finally to meeting a new group of amazing people who I will share a bond with for the rest of my life and are as motivated as me in completing the challenge and raising funds and awareness about PMP cancer.

What are you least looking forward to: This is such an exciting expedition, I almost don’t want to think about the negatives or downsides to the trip but inevitably there will be some. For me I am most nervous about suffering from altitude sickness and the possibility of failure because of this. Failure for me is never an option and this scares me as I would hate not to make it to the top and feel as though I have let myself down.