A CANCER therapist is gearing up for a mammoth 80km trek across Cambodia for charity.

Georgie Whittle, who works at the CancerCare Lakes Centre in Kendal as a hypnotherapist and therapy co-ordinator, will be 60 when she takes on the challenge next year.

Her fundraising effort starts tonight (Thursday) at 6pm with an event at the Red Door Café in Halton in the Lune Valley. It will feature Grasmere storyteller Taffy Thomas as well as music and a hotpot supper.

Georgie, from Halton, saw the trek advertised on Facebook and decided to go ahead with it despite some difficulties.

“Last summer I was very ill after a dog bite and I lost the ability to move my hand," she said.

“I was really, really frightened. Then I thought – ‘stop thinking about what you can’t do and look at what you can do’.”

Georgie will take on the trek in November 2018 and says she has already increased her gym attendance and training, including more focus on strength and stamina

“I love walking and nature so I am really looking forward to the trek," she said.

“It won’t be easy. It will be 16km to 20km a day. I’m going to start training properly in January.

“I am lucky to be here and to be doing this when other people haven’t made it due to cancer.”

Georgie said she wants to raise at least £3,000 doing the walk – money she hopes will go to CancerCare’s Young Person’s Service.

There are more fundraising events on Georgie’s calendar including a bingo night at Carnforth ex-serviceman’s club, book sales at CancerCare and a fashion show at Morecambe golf club in February.

Tickets for tonight's event are £15 and are available from 01524 811891.

Donate at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/georgina-whittle