A former Kimberley woman is to tackle a gruelling trek through the Himalayas to raise money for the Sue Ryder charity.
gLily Tennant, 21, who now works as a professional weaver and designer at a family firm in Howorth, Yorkshire will take on the mountain range over five days later this year.
Lily Tennant ,21, a product of Kimberley’s Hollywell Primary and Bluecoat schools, graduated at Loughborough University.
No stranger to a challenge, Lily, a former member of the 1st Kimberley Guides, has run the Race For Life for a breast cancer charity, and has taken part in a sponsored sew to raise funds for the ARK charity.
She also took part in a Gambia Project initiative which entailed helping stricken families in Africa and, just for good measure, she was a volunteer at Kimberley’s Childrens’s Society shop.
Now Lily faces what she regards as her biggest challenge by trying to raise the £3,000 needed to fund the Nepal adventure which takes place from Saturday November 8, when she will begin trekking for six to eight hours each day with a twenty strong party of like-minded fundraisers.
Having been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme achieving both the bronze and silver standards, Lily has the ability that the Himalayan trek demands.
“ Raising £3,000 is my biggest consideration and though it is a daunting amount I am determined to reach my target in the months of ahead.” she said.
Lily’s fundraising has begun in earnest and as well as making trims (narrow woven braids) which she sells, she also has plans to hold an afternoon tea and a 1940s weekend.
Her supportive parents Nick and Karen, who is a Kimberley Town cvouncillor, and her sister Clara and brother Freddie are backing Lily’s Himalayan trek challenge every step of the way.
“ Lily is a strong willed and determined person who never fails to surprise us,” said Karen. “She is so kind and thoughtful and this charity challenge to help the Sue Ryder organisation means so much to her.”
To support Lily’s charity efforts go to www.justgiving.com/lily-trek-Nepal or text year 74 £5 to 70070 or contact Karen on 0115-9385407.