WICKES customer service manager Melissa McGrath is to trek across Alaska for eight days for the charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

The 30-year-old, who works in the DIY firm’s Botley store, will set off on September 4 from the base of the Talkeetna Mountains with 20 other staff from the firm.

Ms McGrath said: “I do not think I have ever considered a challenge like this before but when the opportunity arose, I simply had to apply.

“I have no doubts that I will be pushing myself to the extremes but the money we raise will help beat blood cancer.”

She hopes to raise £2,500. To make a donation, click on the link.