FUND-raiser Liz Jones is setting off tomorrow (Saturday) to tackle a wild Canadian mountain range on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Relief.

Mrs Jones, of Jubilee Close, is taking part in the seven-day "Chilcotin Mountain Trek Challenge", where she will walk 90km in wilderness conditions, running the gauntlet of grizzly bears and wolves.

If she completes the challenge, she will have raised over £3,500 for her chosen charity - £1,000 more than her original target.

Mrs Jones said: "I'm a bit apprehensive having to leave my family behind. It could be quite tough and wet at this time of year. I don't know what time the snows come but I don't think it will be very cold."

Mrs Jones, who works for Malvern Hills District Council, decided to support the charity after her aunt, Isabelle Lahey, died of cancer illness in France last year, aged just 42.

She realised France had nothing to compare with the UK's Macmillan Nurses, so she decided to raise the money in honour of her aunt.

Her husband Andrew thought she was "a bit wacky" at first for taking on the challenge but he has been very supportive, as have friends and the local community.

Hundreds pledged in sponsorship and donation have come from friends and colleagues. None has come from the business world, despite an appeal.

To boost funds, Mrs Jones organised a ceilidh and coffee mornings, held collections outside supermarkets and even polished the desks of workmates at Malvern Hills District Council.