Audiologist sets sights high in fund-raising bid
A Bath woman raising funds to support those with hearing loss has set her sights high - 5,895 metres high, to be precise.
Victoria Hornby will be trekking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in September, and has already begun fundraising in earnest, with a series of sales and collections bringing in more than £2,100 so far.
The 24-year-old audiologist, who works for Sirona Care and Health at St Martin's Hospital in Bath, is aiming to donate at least £3,500 to Action on Hearing Loss, formerly known as the RNID.
After seeing the charity's work first hand while training to be an audiologist, Victoria is determined to hit her target - and said she is even prepared to sit in a bath of baked beans to achieve it!
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She said: "To fundraise I have done various car boot sales, tin collections and cake stalls. My family and friends have been great and my mum has even started a little tuck shop at her place of work, with all profit going to Action on Hearing Loss.
"I'm hoping to do some more events in and around the hospital this year. I'd like to do a bag-pack event and maybe even sit in a bath of beans!"
With the gruelling mountain trek now just months away, Victoria has already taken the first steps towards getting fit for the climb. She will be heading to the Peak District for altitude training before beginning regular walks to prepare for the challenge.
She said: "I've never done anything similar to this before and I am really enjoying raising the money for such a worthy cause.
"I first saw the importance of Action on Hearing Loss while on my placement year at Dorchester County Hospital and have continued to use their paraphernalia and recommend their assistive listening devices to patients since starting my job at Sirona last year."
Victoria has set up a fundraising webpage - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/VictoriaHornby - for anyone who would like to support the cause by donating money.
She is also happy to accept donations of unwanted clothes, which will be sold at car boot sales or online, with all proceeds going to Action on Hearing Loss.
To find out more about Action on Hearing Loss, visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk.