A university student will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for a children’s charity.

Alice Dowek, 19, will scale the heights of the Tanzanian summit in aid of the Children’s Trust which cared for her cousin, 15-year-old Hannah Stanger-France.

Miss Stanger-France had a cardiac arrest which caused her to have severe brain damage and lead to cerebral palsy.

The Children's Trust cares for young people with severe brain injuries and complex health needs

Miss Dowek, of Camberley Avenue, Raynes Park, hopes to raise £4,000 and is already more than halfway to the target.

She said: “I am very excited about going; it is not something I would normally do.

“I used to scream if I had to walk a mile when I was younger.”

Miss Dowek has been training by walking in the hills around Bristol where she studies French and Spanish full time.

She will leave on Thursday, September 4 to begin the challenge which is estimated to take a week to complete.

Money raised for the Tadworth-based charity will go towards new lifts, a hydrotherapy pool and running costs for providing respite care for families.

To sponsor Miss Dowek, visit the website or send a text message to 70070 stating ADKM98 and the amount.