A woman is set to embark on the 'challenge of a lifetime' as she tackles Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the Ayrshire Hospice. 

Kirsty MacVicar will head to Tanzania next month to climb the world's tallest free-standing mountain to raise vital funds for the charity. 

She reveals she wanted to raise money for the hospice after seeing first-hand the fantastic work the charity does on a daily basis. 

Kirsty explained: "I have always wanted to undertake this challenging climb so I’m swapping my braw Zara dresses for the hillbilly North Face chic look .

"I wanted to take this opportunity to raise money for a very worthy cause. The Ayrshire Hospice has always been a charity close to my heart.

"I have both volunteered and worked within the Hospice so I have seen first hand the great work they provide to patients and their families, and the support, empathy and care they show through a very difficult time is outstanding.

"My mum has worked within the hospice for over 20 years and I can see what a difference that her and the team can make to a patients end of life care."

Kirsty has already raised over £1,700, smashing her initial £1,000 target, and hopes her efforts can help complete the charity's new £17 million redevelopment project in Ayr.

She said: "The Ayrshire Hospice is currently under a major construction. The completion of this will enhance their services and improve facilitates for the patients during their stay.

"Without fundraising, this would not be possible to complete. All donations will go to the Ayrshire Hospice and are greatly appreciated.

"Thank you for taking the time to read my story and wish me luck."

To donate to Kirsty's fundraiser go here.