A CHARITY worker has returned to her home comforts after scaling the heights of the world's second tallest mountain to raise money for disabled children and adults.

Jenny Pearce, who is communications manager for Diverse Abilities, collected more than £6,200 after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with 19 other team members.

After working with the charity for five years, Jenny decided to take on the challenge to give something back and make a difference to the people Diverse Abilities supports across the county.

The trek saw her waking at 5am every day, and taking on climbs of up to 11 hours at a time.

Jenny, who is now back at work, said the trip was "one of the most incredible, but physically exhausting and emotionally draining experiences of a lifetime", but that she would treasure it for the rest of her life.

She added: "During the tough times, I just remembered why I decided to climb Kilimanjaro and thought of everyone that had supported me throughout my fundraising and training journey."

Before she jetted off to Tanzania for the trek, Jenny arranged a number of fundraisers including a quiz night, Clubbercise event, charity leg wax and a fashion show.

She said: "I continually see the great work that the charity does and without Diverse Abilities many children and adults with disabilities would not lead the life they deserve.

"I am so grateful for all the support received and proud to have raised over £6,200 for the charity, which will make a huge difference.”

:: If you would like to support Jenny visit justgiving.com/JennyPearceKilimanjaroChallenge. To find out how you can help raise funds for the charity by taking on your own challenge, visit diverseabilities.org.uk/events or call 01202 718266.