A Stonehaven teenager who says that she “avoids exercise at all costs” will embark on an expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro later this month.
Eighteen year old Caitlin Forbes will take on the challenge from June 27 until July 2, climbing on behalf of a charity called Childreach International.
The charity aims to provide a better life for children living in poverty in Tanzania and surrounding areas.
She approached local company, Neptune, in February, and they agreed to sponsor her.
Caitlin said: “If somebody had told me a year ago that I would be climbing Kilimanjaro, I would have laughed in their face.
‘‘I like to sleep for as long as possible, I avoid exercise at all costs, and I dislike camping. However, in just a little over a month, I will find myself attempting to summit Africa’s highest peak, and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain.
‘‘I will be testing my abilities, both psychically and mentally, and I couldn’t be more excited.
“Through doing this climb, I hope to make a difference to even one person’s life. It’s easy to forget how lucky we are and how our problems are nothing in comparison to what people living in poverty deal with every day of their lives.
‘‘If I can make somebody’s life easier in even the smallest way that would be amazing.”
Kevin Stephen, operations & business development director for Neptune, said: “Caitlin has done very well to raise £2600 in a limited time frame and Neptune is very happy to have contributed towards such a worthy cause.
‘‘We wish her every success and look forward to hearing how the climb goes.”