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Date published: 20th September 2016

Councillor Hilary Cox is set to ascend Africa’s largest mountain just four months after having knee-replacement surgery at the age of 65.

The Cromer District Councillor has already reached Everest Base Camp in an expedition five years ago, but will now fly to Tanzania to conquer dormant volcano Kilimanjaro.

Cllr Cox said: “I am always up for a challenge especially when it’s for a good cause. If you keep yourself well and fit you have the potential to do more.

“My doctor wouldn’t give me a medical certificate for the trip because I had problems with my knee, so I had to have a new knee, and it’s working very well at the moment.”

Cllr Cox has been in training by walking as much as possible and recently walked the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

She added: “The main training I’m doing is breathing. When I did the Everest Base Camp I had a bit of altitude sickness, so I am trying to make sure I can control that as much as possible while I am going up Kilimanjaro.”

The trek up Kilimanjaro has different climate zones with tropical forest, volcanic and arctic conditions. For the five-day ascent and one-day descent Cllr Cox will be sleeping in a tent.

Cllr Cox is raising money for The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Norwich, the chosen charity of a friend who is also ascending Kilimanjaro.

She said: “I have been to the centre and it’s brilliant. It offers training for all types of neurological conditions, supporting people to keep moving through the learning of skills and crafts.

“We are on track to raise £2,500 between the two of us and we hope to raise even more.”

To donate please go to: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/barryfoulser2

Cllr Hilary Cox has been a North Norfolk District Councillor for Cromer Ward since May 2011. She is Vice-Chairman of the Licensing & Appeals Committee. Cllr Cox is also a member of the following committees: Constitution Working Party, Coastal Forum and a substitute on the Big Society Funds Grants Panel.

Last updated: 26th September 2016