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Corinne completes charity peaks challenge

PUBLISHED: 10:15 19 August 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 16 September 2010

A charity which provides support to sufferers of a rare degenerative brain condition will soon receive a donation worth thousands of pounds thanks to the efforts of a determined mountain climber.

A CHARITY which provides support to sufferers of a rare degenerative brain condition will soon receive a donation worth thousands of pounds thanks to the efforts of a determined mountain climber.

Corinne Walker, from Old Buckenham, near Attleborough, has raised £3,000 by completing the Three Peaks Challenge - and sponsorship is continuing to come in.

Despite recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, the 35-year-old had vowed to finish the gruelling task, which involves competitors scaling the highest mountains in Scotland, England Wales within 24 hours, in memory of her mother Pauline Walker, who died in July 2008 aged 67.

Three months before she died, Mrs Walker was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) which can affect a person's movements, personality, vision, speech and ability to eat.

Ever since, Miss Walker and her family have fundraised for the PSP Association, which provided them with invaluable support and advice.

Thanks to people's generosity, Miss Walker's sponsorship now takes the family's overall donation to the charity past £10,000.

“I want to say thanks to everyone for the morale support and the financial side of it as well. There was a lot of people geeing me up,” she said.

Miss Walker completed the challenge last Sunday in 23 hours and 30 minutes, and was one of just seven people out of a group of 28 who finished within the 24 hour limit.

“It's a lot tougher then you think. It's constant. There's no time for breaks. You get up there as quick as you can and get down. I didn't realise how hard it was going down. Everyone was complaining how much their knees hurt. I was just praying my knee would hold out on me,” she said.

“We started the final mountain at 4am and I had been up since 4.30am the previous day. The only thing that got me up there was a packet of Wine Gums. You have no energy.”

On finishing the challenge, Miss Walker added: “We just felt really emotional. It came over us. Emotional because you had done it and you start replaying things. It happens so quickly you don't have time to digest or think about it. We were really proud of ourselves.”

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