A HARTLEPOOL woman is planning to trek across a glacier to raise money for a little boy.
Gemma Hanna, 33, will head to Iceland for an eight-day fundraising mission in October.
She will travel along a glacier in her bid to raise £5,000 for a charity called Action Duchenne.
On the second day alone, she will reach 3,600ft and will be camping each night despite the extreme cold.
Gemma is the aunt of five-year-old Luke Malcolmson, who suffers from a muscular condition called Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
It causes muscles to progressively weaken because the muscle cells break down and are gradually lost.
The condition that he suffers from affects just one in 3,500 males born in the UK.
It could leave the youngster unable to walk by the time he is just 10 years old.
It is a currently incurable disorder which causes muscle degeneration and eventual death.
But ever since Luke was diagnosed at just 18 months old, his family have dedicated much of their life to raising funds to find a cure. Last
year, Gemma raised more than £40,000 by walking along the Great Wall of China and tackling the Great North Run.
Now comes her new adventure and she said: “I still need to raise funds to get there and that is about £2,600 to get out there.”
But Gemma is confident of reaching that goal – and wants support to each her second target of raising money for Luke.
She said: “I went to China and raised £9,000 so I am hoping to raise £5,000 this time.”
Luke’s mum Jayne Malcolmson said: “I think what Gemma is doing is amazing.
“She certainly likes her challenges and she loves Luke.
“We all want to do the best we can to make a difference.”
Iceland has a striking mix of wild volcanic landscape dotted with streaming lava fields, icecaps, glaciers, waterfalls, bubbling hot springs and geysers.
The journey sets off from Landmannalaugar in Iceland and promises to be the adventure of a lifetime.
But more importantly, it will raise money for Action Duchenne.
Gemma urged anyone wanting to support her should visit the Action Duchenne muscular dystrophy website at www. actionduchenne.org to make a donation.
To find out more about the cause, contact 0208 5569955.