By Ian Dipple Thursday 24 October 2013 Updated: 24/10 09:58
A DISABLED woman is planning to walk the length of Britain without even leaving the borough to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Gillian Dipple will complete the 874 mile journey from Lands End to John O'Groats on a treadmill, rowing machine and bike at Fit for Less gym off Battens Drive where she is a member.
The Studley resident, who has problems with her right leg meaning she has to wear a brace to help her walk straight, was inspired to take on the daunting challenge after hearing of the story of Andrew Mogg who underwent major heart surgery before his first birthday.
The 38-year-old will undertake the challenge in March next year and spend about four hours a night completing the journey over a period of about four weeks. She hopes to raise over £2,000 for the cause.
"Some people have called me bonkers for taking this on but I'm looking forward to the challenge," she told the Standard.
It is not the first time Gillian has pushed her body to the limit to raise money for charity. In 2008 she completed 300 lengths of Studley Swimming Pool - some 6,000 metres - to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Dan Cuniapen, fitness instructor at Fit 4 Less, is helping Gillian prepare for the challenge.
"It's ambitious but she's very hard working and very enthusiastic," he said.
"She's mentally strong and won't let anything phase her. If you tell her she can't do something it will only make her want to do it even more."
So far Gillian has raised £140. Visit www.justgiving.com/gillian-paula-dipple to donate.
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