After tackling the North and South Poles and climbing Kilimanjaro most people would be keen to put their feet up - but not Kay White. Health Reporter Emma Brady spoke to the energetic explorer about her next charity challenge - and how Midlanders can get involved.
For most mere mortals running a marathon or, in comedian David Walliam's case swimming the channel, is a Herculean feat and as such a great way to raise money for charity.
But Kay White does things a little differently.
Last April's Mission was to ski to the North Pole solo, but not content with that achievement the mother-ofthree completed the journey in five days, making her the fastest woman to do so.
A fortnight ago Ms White, who lives in Edgbaston, Birmingham, returned from her latest adventure - her second trek up Kilimanjaro in three weeks.
Her extreme endeavours so far have raised #81,000 for Cure Leukaemia, based at the city's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where it works to test and develop new treatments and drugs for patients.
While the words "rest" and "play" seems strangely absent from Ms White's vocabulary, she will be holding a garden party tonight for patients, friends and fundraisers to see how the charity can help those with the disease and other blood disorders.
Since her former husband and best friend were both diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, the 43-year-old has been driven to raise awareness, as well as money, about the need for new treatments and better facilities for patients.
Now they are both in remission, it is the stories of other leukaemia sufferers she has met who inspire her, and her climbing comrades, when the going gets tough towards Kilimanjaro's summit.
Ms White said: "That's really what kept me going in the latter stages of the Kilimanjaro trek. We didn't have the Rocky theme tune to inspire the group for the final ascent, so instead I told inspirational stories about some of the patients I've met.
"One girl, Claire, who'd had two bone marrow transplants and been told she was in reMsion, had suffered a relapse before we set off on this trip. I said if she could endure the chemotherapy and all its side effects we could put one foot in front of the other.
"It's stories like that which helped people reach the summit, even though they were gasping for breath, had headaches and sore feet."
Last week Ms White discovered the plucky 25-year-old had gone into full remission while she was on the trek.
Despite admitting that reaching Kilimanjaro's peak "was horrible", she added it is a challenge she would happily tackle again.
"It was fun until we got really close to the summit, every single person had to push themselves to get there, including one guy who had severe vertigo but had faced his fear to do this," said Ms White. "When I reach the summit after a long climb I like to savour the experience and think of my dad, but I felt so rotten when we reached this peak that we took the "did it" photo and began our descent straight away. I wanted to get down again as quickly as possible.
"With hindsight maybe scaling Kilimanjaro twice in a fortnight was a bit extreme, but despite all that I would do it again."
In October, she will set off on the first of two treks across the Sahara, in a bid to raise #30,000 for Cure Leukaemia.
But this will not be the end of her endeavours, instead of taking a "proper holiday" the 43-year-old is already planning more adventures - namely the Inca Trail trek in Peru and the Marathon Des Sables, a six-day 151-mile endurance race across the Sahara.
"That would be my ultimate challenge, the Marathon Des Sables, but that would require major sponsorship if I'm to do that in 2008. If I complete that, then maybe I'll start to take it a bit easy."
Kay will be taking two treks across the Sahara Desert, in Africa, this year.
The eight-day treks will take in the Draa Valley, Ridwat Mountains and the moving sand dunes of Erg Smar, while braving temperatures ranging from 35?C in the day to -6?C or lower at night.
"The heat is the least of our worries," Kay explained. "Dehydration and blisters will be our biggest problems, we will have to drink about seven litres of water a day."
Warwickshire and England cricketer Dougie Brown will accompany Kay on one of the fundraising treks for Cure Leukaemia, in October and November, led by tribesmen.
The 36-year-old, who met Kay last year, said: "I was so inspired by the challenges she's taken on."
Cure Leukaemia, which aims to raise #3 million for research, new drugs and specialist staff in its new leukaemia centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston, is calling for a "daring dozen" to join other fundraisers on the desert trek. Places cost #2,500, of which #1,300 goes to, but people who want to take part must train for a minimum of seven weeks, as the group will walk 20 kilometres (13.3 miles) a day. n Anyone wishing to sponsor Kay's latest expedition can make donations on-line at www.justgiving.com/kaywhitesahara