Cromer beach lifeguard completes Help for Heroes five peak challenge in 53 hours

A waitress from Cromer has completed a gruelling 17,373ft (5,295m) climb to help support Britain's wounded troops.

Danielle Holford, 25, scaled the five highest peaks in the British Isles last month to raise money for the charity, Help for Heroes.

Giving herself a target of 55 hours to complete the challenge, she scaled the ascents with two hours to spare.

She said: 'It was the hardest but best thing I've ever done, both mentally and physically.

'You keep thinking the top is within reach, and then find there's still a long haul ahead.


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'Overall we climbed the height of Kilimanjaro but everyone found Ben Nevis the toughest at 4,409ft. Then it rained non-stop in Ireland and sleeping on the coach was hard.'

Miss Holford, who works as a beach lifeguard for the RNLI, was joined by her brother, Kane Holford, 27, an officer in 454 Commando Royal Marines.

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She was one of 20 women and 72 men to tackle the Heroes Five Peaks Challenge between July 4 and 8 and was led by a group of former servicemen.

The group scaled Ben Nevis in Scotland, Snowdon in Wales (3,560ft), Scarfell Pike in Cumbria (3,209ft), and then crossed the water to climb Sleive Donard in Northern Ireland (2,789ft) and Carrantouhill in County Kerry, Eire (3,406ft).

Miss Holford has already raised �1,360 for Help for Heroes.

She said: 'I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored me so far and a big thank you to Huckleberries in Cromer and the Whelk Coppers in Sheringham who have supported me from the very beginning. Also to Mackinnon Construction.'

? There is still time to donate at www.bmycharity.com/dani5peaks.

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