AN INTREPID Solihull woman has raised over s2000 after completing one of the toughest challenges in the world for Solihull Life Opportunities (SoLO).Wendy Yaqub, took on the daunting task of trekking in Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania in six days, battling through five climatic zones and facing altitude sickness as she reached the summit which towers 19,000 feet above sea level.
The 30 -year- old had a personal reason for taking on the adventure.
She said: "SoLO is a charity close to my heart, they have provided so much support and friendship to my brother Simon who has severe cerebral palsy.
"He loves going to their open door club every week and they provide the respite and support that we cant always provide at home."
Wendy said Kilimanjaro was a huge challenge: "This has, without any doubt, been the hardest thing I have ever done.
The altitude is something you cant prepare yourself for.
"One of my worst points was a few hours into the descent when I was dropping to the ground and falling asleep straightaway."
Along with Solihull Carers Centre, SoLO, who work with children and adults living with learning disabilities across Solihull, are getting ready to shortly open a new base on the site of Solihull Fire Station in Streetsbrook Road.
To find out more about SoLO and the Big Fire Station Appeal visit www.solihullsolo.org
* An antiques and collectors fair and a vintage fair will be taking place in aid of the charity on May 18 and June 2 respectively.
Both sales will be on at the Meadows Function Street, Solihull Ice Rink, from 10am-4pm. Suggested admission is s1 and children free.
To find out more visit www.wmfairs.co.uk