A STUDENT from Worcestershire has set herself the ultimate challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for charity.

Lianna Beesley-Peck, of Eardiston, near Tenbury Wells, is hoping to raise £2,250 for Meningitis Research Foundation when she takes on the amazing feat in August.

The 20-year-old is hoping to climb the 5,895metre peak - the tallest free standing mountain in the world - in six days.

“Meningitis Research Foundation provides support and care to victims and their families throughout both treatment and recovery," she said. "I’m climbing Kilimanjaro in the hope that one day they will be able to conquer these devastating diseases, which can leave youngsters so terribly maimed; it is they who are the really brave ones.”

Susie Bailey, Community Fundraising Officer at MRF, said: “We are so grateful to Lianna who is raising money for MRF by climbing Kilimanjaro.

"Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases that can leave a baby, child or adult fighting for their life within hours of the first symptoms.

"As well as helping to raise much-needed funds for our work to fight meningitis, they have also helped raise awareness of this devastating disease.”

To sponsor Miss Beesley-Peck, visit /uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LiannaBeesley-Peck.