They never expected to spend the year training to get ready to face the gruelling trek of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
But when Nicola Cromack and Sasha Ingala from Morley heard about the new challenge event launched this year by Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, they immediately realised this was the best way to celebrate the memory of their beloved friend Gemma.
Gemma was 32 when she passed away last year after losing her battle with cancer and was cared for at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley.
Her two friends wanted to support the hospice to ensure other people could access the best possible care when really needed.
Sasha said: “We lost Gemma in August 2014 and discussion about the trek has come while we were organising a charity night just aftewards.
“Being an outdoor type myself, it seemed fate that this came up and an appropriate challenge to show how much Gemma meant to us.
“I am supporting Wheatfields Hospice because I am a cancer survivor and come from a family that is heavily affected by the disease.
“I had never been to Wheatfields before Gemma was a patient there and I was overwhelmed by the calm and caring atmosphere and a realisation that this place was probably also in my future.
“The care provided to Gemma was amazing and the contact we have had with it since has made me want to do as much as I can to help.
“Gemma was Nicola’s best friend and Nicola wants her memory to live on in as constructive a way as possible”.
To take part or find out more visit www.sueryder.org/kilimanjaro or contact Georgina Abbott on 0113 2033 338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.