Kilimanjaro trek 
to support charity

Holly Whitrow has been training for her trek in the Peak District.
Holly Whitrow has been training for her trek in the Peak District.

A Daventry woman who lost her mother to cancer will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in February to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Holly Whitrow, 19, who lives in Everdon, decided to undertake the challenge after her mother Sarah, 41, passed away just two weeks before her 18th birthday.

Holly aims to raise £4,250 for Marie Curie, which she said was a ‘lifeline’ to her family during her mother’s battle with cancer. She said: “My mother was very creative and liked the outdoors.

“She went above and beyond what you’d expect from most mums. Marie Curie really made a difference as my mother hated going to the doctors and the dentist, but having someone come out to her was a lot of help.

“When I first heard about the Kilimanjaro Trek it seemed to me a fitting challenge that would allow me to raise funds for Marie Curie in her memory – their nurses were so very supportive and literally a life line to my family when we needed them. My mother climbed her mountain, my challenge is to climb this in her honour.”

Holly recently finished a fashion course at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College in Banbury and since then has been working hard to raise the funds needed to get her charity trek off the ground.

She said: “So far, I have been running a Craft Club with the generous help of Newnham School on Wednesdays; all the funds generated from this have been added to my total.

“We also hosted a stand at Newnham Village Fete – this was the first event that I organised and it was well received.”

Holly is currently working part time for her father’s business in Drayton Fields so she can focus full time on her fund-raising. She is holding a car boot sale in Banbury this weekend and has offered help to help with household tasks including babysitting,gardening and shopping in return for a donation.

Over 30 Marie Curie volunteers will be making the 10-day trek from Februry 13.

If you would like to support Holly, you can donate at or leave a donation at Road & Sport Developments offices on Drayton Fields industrial estate.