A MOUNTAIN trekker is stepping up her bid to raise £6,000 in memory of her partner who funded outdoor challenges for young people facing life changing injury, illness or trauma.

Romsley sports therapist Zena Worrall has already raised £4,000 for ‘Climbing Out’ after her partner Kevin Gleghill – who tragically passed away from cancer last year at the age of 62 – wanted to fund one of the charity’s courses.

Climbing Out’s team of instructors and volunteers run five day courses of outdoor activities, such as mountain climbing and kayaking, to rebuild the shattered confidence and self-esteem of 16 to 30-year-olds, many are amputees or cancer sufferers.

Despite her painful grief, Zena was determined to carry on supporting the organisation that was so important to Kevin, and in May this year she set about continuing their work and took on the job of running the kitchen and cooking for 24 people on a residential course held at the Lake District.

Last month, Zena completed a sponsored trek over Snowdon in Wales, along with fellow fundraisers.

It took her more than four hours to do the challenging 10-mile walk and her team raised a mountainous £2,328, while she had already set the pace raising £1,650 in August on Howgills walk in Yorkshire.

Zena said: “I am so glad I can continue Kevin’s work, either by volunteering, walking or fundraising.

“We aim to give the young people what can be a life changing experience, providing a fantastic opportunity to meet new friends and have adventures they would never have thought possible.

“The challenges give them the confidence to try new things and have a more positive approach to life.”

As part of the last leg of Zena reaching her target, the 43-year-old is holding a coffee, cake and craft fayre on Saturday, November 18, at the Somers Sports and Social Club, in Grange Hill, Halesowen.

Stalls include home-made cakes and refreshments, handmade crafts and designer knitwear, bric-a-brac and previously loved clothing, along with a specialist publisher with advice on how to write a good book and get into print.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event from 10.30am to 2.30pm where activities for children include magic acts.