INTREPID women will be taking on challenges including a sky-dive, the Three Peaks and reaching Everest base camp to try to raise £20,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

This sum is on top of the £22,500 they raised for the charity through climbing Kilimanjaro in October. But now they have set their sights even higher.

Fitness instructor Katrina Woodley, 49, who came up with the idea, said: "I always wanted to do something as a challenge and raise money for a cancer charity. After climbing Kili-manjaro, I've got the bug! It was the best experience of my life." Mrs Woodley scaled the mountain with friends Jane Money and Maxine Hellier, who will also be taking part in the attempt to reach Everest base camp in March 2013. Mrs Woodley said: "We are hoping more people will want to do it with us. It should be fantastic." To further boost the fundraising, Mrs Woodley, her 17-year-old daughter Zoe Woodley, who is doing her A-levels at Strode's College in Egham, and friends Lynn Jones and Paula Girton will be doing tandem skydives in Northampton on July 3.

Mrs Woodley said: "I think we are all nervous except Zoe, who is excited!" They will be doing a tandem skydive, strapped to an instructor, from 13,000ft.

Then in September, Mrs Woodley, Zoe, and friends Louise Everett and Julie Scott will tackle the Three Peaks challenge, aiming to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within 24 hours.

The group wants to raise money for Macmillan because they have all known people who have had cancer. Mrs Woodley said: "Macmillan are fantastic - they help not only the patient but all the family and friends too. They are amazing." They will be fundraising through events including pamper days, supermarket collections and selling items at a car boot sale in Ascot High Street on Saturday, June 26. Anyone with goods to donate can call Mrs Woodley on 07710 464407.

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