I will climb Kilimanjaro for Grandpa and my pal Leanne

Twelve months after her grandfather died, Kate Grundy is scaling the heights in his memory.

Following Dr Philip Holding's death, the Tewkesbury 22-year-old plans to climb the highest mountain in Africa.

She said she wants to do something Dr Holding always hoped to do and raise money for charity at the same time.

Kate, of Clifford Avenue, Walton Cardiff, said: "Grandpa always wanted to climb Mount Kilimanjaro but never got the chance."

He suffered from Alzheimer's disease and died aged 91 on December 4 last year.

Kate wants to raise £1,000 for the Alzheimer's Society, which helps people suffering from the condition.

She said: "A lot of people support members of their family who have it but can't afford to give them the care that we were able to give grandpa.

She said her family managed to get him into a quality care home in Devon but that this was not an option for everyone.

She is proud of his achievements, she added: "He was a popular and respected GP at the Church Street Practice in Tewkesbury, was mayor from 1963 to 1965 and a Tewkesbury School governor."

Her 12-day trip, which will begin in June next year, will also be in memory of her friend Leanne Haddrell. The 21-year-old from Aston Cross died in 2008 from myocarditis – a heart problem called by a virus.

Kate said Leanne had been a very active person and she had played netball with her for Tewkesbury School.

She had gone on a tour of South Africa with Leanne and has also played water polo with her.

She said: "Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro would have been something she would have loved to do as well."

Kate hopes to raised £1,000 for Cardiac Risk in the Young, which is trying to prevent young people dying from undiagnosed heart conditions.

She will tackle the peak which stands at 19,340 feet, with 14 other people.

They will form a team being put together by the British Expedition Company.

Anyone willing to sponsor Kate can do so by going to her website, http://www.katesclimb.co.uk