The managing director of a Staffordshire marketing company has scaled the highest mountain in North Africa – as a warm up for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust.

Gabrielle Hadley of ExtraMile Communications, based in Eccleshall, will take on Kilimanjaro in September to raise £19,341 – £1 for every foot of Africa’s highest peak.

Ms Hadley stepped up her preparations by flying to Morocco in May to tackle Mount Toubkal, battling 42 degree heat and a lack of oxygen to reach the 13,671ft summit.

So far she has raised £4,408.

* Ms Hadley is pictured with sister Isabel Hadley at the summit.