Alison losing weight to take on Mt Kilimanjaro

PUBLISHED: 00:00 07 May 2015 | UPDATED: 15:20 12 May 2015

Sue Ryder shop manager, Alison Busby, prepares for her sponsored Kilimanjaro trek. Ref mhh 4145-18-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Sue Ryder shop manager, Alison Busby, prepares for her sponsored Kilimanjaro trek. Ref mhh 4145-18-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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The mum-of-two’s mission stemmed from a challenge put forward by her son, shay.

A Honiton shop manager has undertaken a weight-loss routine – which ends with a six-day fundraising hike across one of the world’s most famous mountains.

Alison Busby, who runs Sue Ryder Honiton, in New Street, will fly to Tanzania on Boxing Day to take on Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the charity.

The mum-of-two’s challenge stemmed from her longing to lose weight following an operation.

“Sue Ryder sent us a newsletter about different events being held,” she said. “I always wanted to do Kilimanjaro, but thought it was beyond my reach.”

But when Alison’s son Shay challenged her to lose weight and take on the climb, her life changed.

She has started swimming and going to the gym each week and has reaped the benefits - losing one-and-a-half stone in ten weeks.

Alison’s transformation has also come as a surprise to her.

“If somebody told me ten or 11 weeks ago that I would be walking everywhere and going to the gym and swimming, I would have laughed at them,” she added.

“But I have got the fitness bug - I’m feeling much more positive.”

The 42-year-old needs to generate £3,250 to meet the cost of her Kilimanjaro journey – part of which will go to Sue Ryder. Alison will be travelling the Machame Route, which offers dizzying high points of almost 20,000ft above sea level.

Anyone who wants to donate to Alison’s trip can do so by visiting her online JustGiving page.


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