A THORNTON daughter will attempt to climb Africa’s highest mountain in aid of the hospital which saved her mum’s life.
Samantha Warham, 31, will take on the challenge of reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in the hope of raising £5,000 for The Walton Centre.
She has been inspired after her mum, 49-year-old Angela Pinel, suffered a brain haemorrhage and stroke 15 years ago.
After Angela was told she may never walk or talk again, she went through 12 months of treatment at The Walton Hospital in a bid to recover.
Angela, who was 34 at the time, managed to overcome the odds and although Samantha says she will never be “100% normal”, she was able to return home.
As Angela is now coming up to her 50th birthday, Samantha thought it would be the perfect opportunity to raise money for the hospital to show her appreciation.
Samantha said: “The Walton Centre was amazing and they saved my mum’s life. I was only 14 at the time but I always wanted to do something to thank them. I’m 31 now so have an ever greater appreciation of the work they do so climbing Kilimanjaro is my way of raising money for the centre to say thanks.”
Samantha will be joined on the climb by her husband, Aaron Warham, with the two setting off on Boxing Day this year.
In preparation for the challenge, they are taking regular walks and bike rides to get their fitness levels up.
Samantha added: “I’ve never trained like this before. It’s going to be hard but I want it to be really difficult so it is worthy of people’s donations.”
She has already raised more than £1,000 with the hope of reaching the target of £5,000.
There is also a charity fundraiser for the cause at the Crosby Comrades Club on May 21. It is £10 a ticket and there will be entertainment and a raffle. Tickets can be bought at the Comrades Club.