Rebecca reaches new heights for challenge in memory of her grandfather

Becca Mather and her group on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Becca Mather and her group on Mount Kilimanjaro.

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A hairdresser reached new heights for her fundraising challenge in memory of her grandfather.

Rebecca Mather, from Whitley Bay, climbed the world’s highest free-standing mountain in memory of her grandfather and in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

Becca Mather with her guides Kissima and Alamba.

Becca Mather with her guides Kissima and Alamba.

The 26-year-old endured a six-day trek to Mount Kilimanjaro with friends Alexandra and Thomas Lloyd.

Rebecca signed up for the climb as a personal challenge.

She set out to raise money for GNAAS, which airlifted her grandfather George Mather after he was struck by a car in Whitley Bay in 2014.

He was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, but later died as a result of the injuries he sustained.

Ms Mather said the challenge – which she hopes will raise £300 for GNAAS – was a fitting tribute to her grandfather.

She said: “He was such a selfless person who did a lot for others.

“He would often do the neighbours shopping and was always giving to the community.

“GNAAS is an amazing charity. They helped my family so we are helping them.”

The journey started on January 29 from Barafu base camp.

Ms Mather had to overcome altitude sickness and said the challenge was one she would never forget.

She added: “The trip was an emotional rollercoaster.

“One minute I could be hanging behind feeling down and then the next minute I could be speeding ahead feeling energetic and singing.

“My moods were like a flick switch.

“The views from the mountain made the whole illness and challenge worth it.

“The trip was amazing.”

GNAAS is a charity which solely rely on public donations.

To support the organisation visit gnaas.com/donate