Breakthrough Breast Cancer ambassador Kerry Rubins has her false eyelashes at the ready for next challenge
26 September 2014
by Eleanor Perkins
Miss Rubins, pictured, who has been fundraising and campaigning for the breast cancer charity for more than seven years, will set off for the eight-day challenge on Friday, October 10 in a bid to defeat the 2,430 metre mountain.
While others on the walk have said they will be taking Compeed for blister protection and Batchelors Cup a Soup to keep them going, Miss Rubins said: “The one thing I can’t leave behind is my false eyelashes. If I’m going to collapse with altitude sickness, I want to look glamorous. I would take my hair straighteners but my partner reminded me there wouldn’t be any electricity.”
Kerry Rubins, who conquered The Great Wall of China in 2012, will now take on Machu Picchu in Peru
Miss Rubins has embarked on many personal challenges, dressed in pink, raising nearly £100,000 which has been in support and memory of her dear friend, Julie Mortimer who died in 2010.
She said: “This charity is very dear to my heart. My fundraising is Julie’s legacy and long may it live on.”
Miss Rubins will be one of 24 taking part and joined by five others whom she climbed the Great Wall of China with in 2012.
She said: “I suggested on the last day of China, why don’t we do Machu Picchu in two years time. So when I got back, I set up a Facebook page and asked who’s in.
“Originally 11 of the 14 signed up but we’re down to six comrades. I never knew them before, but we’ve remained friends.”
Miss Rubins has chosen to complete the climb in October due to the low humidity.
She said she will lead the group in a singalong every day and has already asked them to get thinking about their daily song preferences. She will also keep a diary.
She said: “I’m really excited and nervous. I will be relying on a lot of positive mental attitude because I haven’t really had the time to train properly. I exercise three times a week and I have taken up cycling.
“This one is for everyone who has lost someone and everyone who is going through treatment. I just want it to be for everyone.”
Miss Rubins has already raised a astounding £8,000 for the charity via this challenge but would welcome any donations to the cause. She will be taking small gifts out to the Peruvian children including pencils and pads.
To donate contact Kerry on 07708 913976 or visit www.justgiving.com/kerry-rubins23/