A former West Midlands Police officer is preparing to climb Mount Everest to raise £20,000 for a Birmingham hospital.
After a year of intensive training, Ellie Bird will set off on the 21-day expedition in February.
Ms Bird, now detective chief inspector with the National Policing Improvement Agency in London, decided to take up the challenge to raise money for, and awareness of, the Women's Campaign.
The £1.5 million initiative aims to fund a series of projects for staff and patients treated at Birmingham Women's Hospital.
One of the schemes that could benefit from the fundraising effort is a drive to educate midwives into recognising signs of domestic abuse and developing ways to work with other agencies in this area.
Ms Bird said: "I am involved in a regional child protection campaign, and review all child deaths in Birmingham.
"Midwives provide a vital link in this chain, in identifying women who are at risk of being physically abused or
have been beaten, to offer them the support that they need.
"They are not trained in this area which is what the Birmingham Women's Hospital's campaign hopes to rectify."
Another issue that Ms Bird feels needs to be addressed through the campaign is the practise of female genital mutilation in some African communities in Britain.
"Girls are sent back to Africa where they are circumcised as their families generally believe it's about cleanliness," she said.
"They then sew up the genitals and women have come into the hospital like this,
which is why some women present very late in pregnancy, and this can be life threatening to both the mother and child."
Ms Bird added that although Mount Everest is not her first charity trek - previously she worked at an orphanage and women's refuge in Venezuela - she could not cope with a marathon.
She said: "I was looking for a real personal challenge. I couldn't run a marathon but for some reason the lure of tackling Everest was there, so that's what I'm doing." ..SUPL: