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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Michaela hopes ‘tower’ trek will boost charity

A BEAUTY contest finalist is aiming to climb the Eiffel Tower – inside a Furness gym.

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TOWERING CHALLENGE: Michaela Webster, 21, is aiming to raise funds for the Variety Club of Great Britain by climbing the equivalent of up – and back down – the Eiffel Tower on a stepping machine at DW Sports Fitness Club in Barrow. She will tackle the 3,300 steps dressed as a French maid, in keeping with her challenge’s Parisian theme MILTON HAWORTH REF: 50039346B001

Miss South Lakes hopeful Michaela Webster will wear a French maid’s outfit when she tackles the challenge in DW Sports Fitness Club in Barrow on October 20.

Finalists were tasked with devising a fundraiser for the Variety Club of Great Britain, which seeks to improve the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged young people.

The 21-year-old has chosen to climb up and down the iconic Parisian landmark, but will do so on a stepping machine.

To achieve the equivalent of ascending and descending the 1,063ft high tower, she must complete a thigh-burning 3,300 steps.

Miss Webster, of Saves Lane, Ireleth, said: “I joined the gym about three weeks ago and the step machine is probably the one I found the hardest.

“I thought the harder I make it for myself, the more people would want to sponsor me.

“That’s why I thought I’d go up the Eiffel Tower and back.

“I’m training as much as I can to make sure I can do it.

“I don’t like failing, so I just need to make sure I go as often as I can (to train), because I don’t want to not be able to do it.”

Miss Webster, a service co-ordinator at Mardix in Kendal, was scouted for the 17 to 24-year-old category of Miss South Lakes while on a night out in Club M, Barrow.

She is looking forward to the final at the Coronation Hall, Ulverston, on October 27.

But first of all, she is hoping to reach, or even exceed, her £400 fundraising target.

Miss Webster said: “I decided I would do it in fancy dress so it’s something different.

“Hopefully I’ll stand out and if people come over to see what I’m doing, it might help raise more money.

“I’ve been putting posters up in the gym and I’ve ordered a sash I’ll be wearing over the top of the outfit.”

To sponsor Miss Webster, go to www.justgiving.com/michaela-webster, or text kayl82 £(insert your chosen amount) to 70070.

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