Aiming high for charity challenge

PUBLISHED: 17:38 03 June 2013 | UPDATED: 17:38 03 June 2013

Katie Joyce.

Katie Joyce.


Healthcare and care assistant from Colyton to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for Devon Air Ambulance.

A healthcare and care assistant from Colyton is aiming to climb the dizzy heights of Kilimanjaro.

Katie Joyce, who is a healthcare assistant at Honiton Surgery and a care assistant at a nursing home in Colyton, will be challenging herself to raise money for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

In September, she will be embarking on a postgraduate course in medicine and says she wanted to do something “both worthwhile and personally meaningful beforehand”.

The 21-year-old said: “I have wanted to do a fundraising event for some years but have never had the opportunity or time in which to do it, until now.

“With regards to charity, it has always been the Devon Air Ambulance Trust that I have wanted to fundraise for.

“When I was quite young a family friend died in a tragic accident, despite the incredible efforts of Devon Air Ambulance.

“More recently, I have seen the service save a number of lives, including that of my father, who was seriously injured in a riding accident.

“The charity has touched me personally. Also, having worked within the caring profession I have seen the wider impact that the prompt and professional response can have.

“I find it inspiring that they can continue to offer the service purely on charitable donations.”

Katie’s expedition to the mountain in Tanzania takes place from August 20 to 27.

However, she is hoping to volunteer at a school in the country before the climb.

Katie is already busy training and building up her fitness through hill walking, running and swimming.

She added: “Something that I try to keep at the back of my mind is that although Cheryl Cole and other celebrities have completed the climb, which has perhaps led to some of the public seeing it as a lesser challenge, the success rate is a meagre 40 per cent – something which both scares and motivates me.

“It will certainly be both physically and mentally challenging, but I feel determined and excited for the challenge ahead.”

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