A MUM is set to trek the distance of Mount Kilimanjaro across the Brecon Beacons in a bid to raise £100,000 and get her son a life changing operation.
Jess Hope, from Garndiffaith, will undertake the challenge of a trek across the entire length of the Brecon Beacons for her eldest son, Lincoln, who was born 10 weeks premature and has Cerebral Palsy, which affects his ability to walk.
Without medical intervention, the four-year-old is likely to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair due to the spasticity causing deformities.
But his mum, if she completes the challenge, will walk the equivalent of Mount Kilimanjaro to take him to America for an operation which would enable him to walk, run and live a pain-free life.
Mrs Hope,a mum-of-two, said: “This challenge is bigger than anything I’ve ever tried before.
“But every time I think about just how scared I am I think about what happens if we don’t achieve our fundraising target for Lincoln, and that thought is by far a million times scarier.
“Lincoln has already had to go through such hardship in his young life, but we’re all determined to do whatever it takes to ensure he doesn’t have to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
“Like any mum if it meant us getting the money we so desperately need, I would walk to hell and back to get it.”
The 38-year-old will begin the challenge at 10am on September 16, starting at the National Trust car park at the base of the Skirrid Fawr, Abergavenny. Members of the public are invited to join her, with superhero costumes optional but preferred.
Mrs Hope said she expects to spend a lot of time alone on the challenge, but hopes to finish it at 5pm Sunday September 24, at Llangadog.
She added: “Lincoln is such a happy young boy with a gorgeous smile and infectious laugh.
“He tries his best to keep up with his younger brother and his school friends but he just can’t, and added to the constant pain he feels, it really does break my heart. We all just want to give him a better, brighter future, and we’ll do everything in our power to make it happen.”
To donate visit virginmoneygiving.com/fund/lincolnslegs.