A VALE of Clwyd woman is about to undertake an epic challenge.

Georgia Crawley, 27, from Llanrhaeadr, is today (Friday) setting off to Nepal to start a trek up to the Everest Base Camp.

She is tackling this venture to raise money for Cancer Research.

The charity is close to Georgia's heart.

Last year, her father Asheton, from Betws GG, was diagnosed with cancer.

Speaking on Wednesday, Georgia said: "I'm working until tomorrow and I'm trying to pack everything in my spare time.

"My dad got diagnosed with cancer last year and it's been a pretty rough 12 months.

"I felt I needed to do something to start to raise money for Cancer Research."

Her epic challenge in the Himalayas will take 12 days and Georgia added: "Everest Base Camp has always been on my bucket list.

"It's just one of the things I dreamed of doing.

"I'm hoping we will get to see a sunrise on Everest and the mountains around it.

"I would love to get to the top of Everest, but you have to pay £50,000 and it's three years of intense training.

"I suppose with all the training I have been doing, I feel confident it will go to plan."

In preparation for her challenge, Georgia has been hitting 60 kilometres of hiking on average each week.

On top of this, she had also been running and biking.

"I have been to the Atlas Mountains and the Alps before," she added.

"I went to the doctor to get my jabs and he had been in the 90s - he said (acclimatisation) was in the genes."

Georgia, who works for Cadnant planning consultants in Conwy, has beaten her initial fundraising target.

"I had hoped to raise £800, but already I have exceeded that and I am on £1,500," added Georgia, who is the group scout leader in Ruthin.

As part of her fundraising, Georgia organised an event in the Kings Head, Llanrhaeadr with a number of local musicians.

Entitled Ever-FEST, a total of £340 was raised for Cancer Research.

Over the course of the 12-day challenge, she will travel 96km, while experiencing an elevation gain of more than 3,000 metres.

From a starting point of 2,610 metres, she will head for the Everest Base Camp - 5,643 metres in elevation.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Georgia on her quest can visit www.wonderful.org/fundraiser/everestbastcamptrek-99d2b725