‘Supergran’ climbs French mountain

Pauline Preston at the top of a mountain.
Pauline Preston at the top of a mountain.
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A grandmother and double cancer survivor from Wallsend has succeeded in climbing a 2,784m mountain in the Pyrenees, raising more than £2,000 for charity.

Pauline Preston, 68, joined a group of friends to climb one of the highest mountains in the French Pyrenees to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Pauline said: “We wanted to support the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

“It’s such a worthwhile cause, being a group of walkers, we wanted to do something that was going to test us.”

The group of seven friends from the north east are regular walkers and raised sponsorship from friends and family to support the TCT at the RVI.

Carole McVay, from Tynemouth, organised the group and set them the challenge.

She said: “We do a lot of walking in the UK, but wanted to try something a bit harder.”