Sharon gets in shape for Mount Toukbal

PUBLISHED: 08:08 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:16 15 June 2010

SIX months ago mum-of-two Sharon Pavey considered herself quite unfit". Today she is in training for the trek of her life a 12,700 feet climb to the top of the highest mountain in North Africa.

SIX months ago mum-of-two Sharon Pavey considered herself "quite unfit".Today she is in training for the trek of her life - a 12,700 feet climb to the top of the highest mountain in North Africa.Just six weeks after relocating her party plan business, Tish Tash Toys, from Yorkshire to East Devon, she is making the most of the South West Coast Path and walking up to six hours a day.Her aim is to trek to the top of Mount Toukbal, in Morocco's Atlas mountain range, and she wants to complete the gruelling feat in just four days.Sharon, 35, of Monkton, said: "I'm doing it to raise money for the Rainbow Trust children's charity, which provides respite care and support at home to children with a life threatening or terminal illness and their families."With two children of her own and a thriving toy business, Sharon is determined to raise as much cash as she can for the charity."I've got £1,600 so far, but would like to raise at least £2,000," she said."Mount Toukbal is over twelve thousand feet high and my trek will take four days, ending in Marrakech."I've always wanted to go to Morocco. Honiton Market is great, but the one in Marrakech is among the greatest in the world."Getting into shape for the challenge has been no mean feat. As well as walking up to 20 miles in one day, Sharon has been building up her stamina using a running machine."I was quite unfit six months ago," she said.Party plan agents, who work for Tish Tash Toys, nudged her into shape when they suggested raising money for Rainbow Trust.The charity was founded in 1986 by Bernadette Cleary OBE after she provided practical and emotional support to a neighbouring family whose 12-year-old daughter died from cancer. She realised how vital the practical support she offered had been.Rainbow Trust now supports up to 1,000 families a year, but at any one time 10,000 children in England can be suffering from a life threatening or terminal illness.If you would like to sponsor Sharon's epic trek, log on to or call 0870 0552072.

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