A BRAVE mum with an incurable brain condition will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to help other sufferers of the illness.
Mum-of-five Candy Nicholson will raise cash to fund research into Arnold Chiari Malformation, a condition which causes agonising headaches and health problems.
Mrs Nicholson, 45, had major brain surgery in September which relieved the symptoms and has been told by her surgeon she is fit to go on the walk.
The trip to Tanzania next summer will raise cash for the Ann Conroy Trust, the only charity which helps sufferers of the condition, known as Chiari.
Mrs Nicholson, of Dacre Avenue, Lupset, said: “I want to raise money to enable the Ann Conroy trust to continue the fantastic work they do supporting sufferers, finding them better treatments.
“I want to raise awareness of this barely-recognisable condition which affects so many people.”
Mrs Nicholson said because Chiari is so rare, sufferers were often misdiagnosed or told they just have a headache. She said: “We suffer in silence.”
After years of pain, she had the operation last September.
Mrs Nicholson said: “People have different symptoms but the main one is excruciating pains in your head.
“Your first thought when you have major brain surgery is how you are going to come out the other end. It’s the hardest decision you will ever have to make.
“My quality of life has improved 100 per cent.”
Mrs Nicholson needs to raise £3,500 to do the walk, and is also appealing for donations of mountaineering equipment from businesses.
Her friend Junior Rashid, who owns LaLa’s Restaurant, on George Street, Wakefield, has already donated £500.
To sponsor her, log on to www.justgiving.com/candy-nicholson