JUST a few weeks ago Mount Etna was spewing hot lava, yet six brave mums will soon be climbing three active volcanoes to raise funds for a children’s charity.
Caroline Evers, Lisa Donovan, Simone Breedon, Dawn Cantarelli, Dawn Gross, and Nicola Taylor-Jones will scale a total of 28,165ft when they trek the volcanic mountains of Etna, Vesuvius and Stromboli.
They are aiming to raise at least £10,000 for the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT), a charity based near Altrincham, offering free respite care and special holidays for sick and disabled children.
As well as gathering sponsorship, the mums – from Altrincham, Hale and Lymm and Warrington – have organised a fundraising event at local bar Hogan’s of Hale – ‘A Scorching 70s Smash’ on June 28.
Barry Hogan, owner of the bar and live music venue, is hoping to help the girls sell over 400 tickets at £25 each, which includes food and 70s entertainment.
He said: “There will certainly be an eruption in Hogans on June 28 – of 70s glam rock, hippy chicks and punk fashion. We hope to raise as much money as we can for this local kid’s charity.”
Caroline Evers, mum-of-two from Altrincham, said: “We can’t wait to take on the slopes of smouldering Mount Etna and the other two Italian volcanoes in October. All six of us are really excited by this adventure of a lifetime.
“Back at home, we have 14 kids between us all and we feel very lucky to have happy and healthy children. We chose to help CAFT because we know that parenting can be a challenge at the best of times, but it is even more difficult if you have a seriously ill child or a youngster with physical disabilities.
“The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust gives them a magical experience – a holiday that they will treasure forever, with all the facilities they need to have fun with their families.”
Mum-of-three, Simone Breedon, a teacher from Timperley, revealed that CAFT is a charity close to her heart, since her 11-year-old niece Lottie has enjoyed time there.
She explained: “Lottie is a wheelchair user and she has never been able to enjoy some of the things we all take for granted – like being able to play on swings at the park – as she has Spina Bifida.
“At CAFT they can attach wheelchairs to enormous swings and they have a whole range of activities open to everyone. It’s amazing. I have never seen anything like it before.
“The farm is based in ten acres of beautiful countryside and offers free week-long holidays for sick children and those with learning and physical disabilities.
“It costs £800,000 just to run the centre every year, so we are hoping to raise as much as we physically can to provide lots of holidays and special breaks for these amazing children.”
The other mums joining Caroline and Simone on their unique volcanic journey include: Lisa Donovan, a painter and decorator from Timperley; Dawn Cantarelli, a personal trainer from Culcheth in Warrington; Dr Dawn Gross, a psychologist specialising in anger management from Hale; and Nicola Taylor-Jones, a mum-of-three from Lymm.
They will attempt to climb the fiery volcanoes between October 11 to 17.