A shopping centre worker is lacing up her walking boots and joining reality TV stars in a gruelling trek across Peru in aid of a breast cancer charity.
Cassie Peasnell, 24, is a retail marketing executive at the Marlowes Shopping Centre and is tackling the infamous Machu Picchu trail with cast members from ITV reality show The Only Way Is Essex.
The former Kings Langley School student is aiming to raise £4,150 for Coppafeel! – a charity set up in 2009 by Kris Hallenga after she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 23.
Cassie, who lives in Boxmoor, will be flying out to South America on August 28 to complete the five-day 88km trek through the Lares Valley with TOWIE stars Lydia Bright and Ferne McCann.
She said: “At the start of the year I knew I wanted to take part in something like this and when I read about the challenge I was immediately drawn to it so signed up, never once thinking I would be chosen.
“Although it will be a massive personal challenge, I am so excited to be taking part to raise as much money and awareness as possible for this fantastic cause.”
Cassie admits she’s never taken on anything as big as this challenge before, but says she likes to keep fit by going to the gym and is wearing in her new walking boots by climbing Dunstable Downs and other hilly terrain in the area.
She has been collecting in the shopping centre and is grateful to those who have donated.
She said: “When I heard about CoppaFeel!, I wanted to spread the word because it could easily be me or any one of my friends.
“I would like to say a massive thank you to all those that have helped and donated so far; hopefully I will be able to smash my target.”
CoppaFeel! aims to create awareness of breast cancer amongst young people by ensuring that people know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, get to know what their breasts look and feel like normally, check their breasts regularly throughout their lifetime and have the confidence to seek medical referral if they find abnormalities.
Cassie’s next fundraiser is a ‘bubbles and bouquet’ evening at Boxmoor Hall on Wednesday, July 15 in partnership with Maples Flowers. Tickets cost £35 each from the florist with a donation going to CoppaFeel! Donate at https://coppafeelmachupicchu.everydayhero.com/uk/cassie