THE chief executive of Sight Concern Worcestershire will be joining in a challenge on the Malvern Hills to raise money for the charity.

Jenny Gage will be taking part in the Malvern Peaks Challenge on Saturday, May 4, organised by the town’s mayor, Cynthia Palmer, who has chosen the charity as her special cause during her year in office.

She will be acting as a guide for Val Daniels, from Worcester, who has the eye condition retinal pigmentosa, but who is determined to complete all 17 peaks of the challenge.

Val said: “I’m doing this challenge to prove that I’m more than capable. I believe that life is for living and just because you’ve got a sight condition, it doesn’t mean to say you’ve got to stop doing things.

“I’m also keen to do it because sometimes I think we take the Malvern Hills for granted. We’re so lucky to have them on our doorstep.”

Jenny said: “I’m really excited about guiding Val, and I know we’ll have a great and memorable day. We’re so grateful to our sponsors: Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, who are putting in a team of at least 15 people, Malvern Panalytical and Balens.”

Natalie Chatley at Malvern Panalytical said: “Malvern Panalytical are delighted to be supporting Sight Concern for a second year. It is such a worthwhile charity where we can help to raise awareness at a local level and make a difference to people in our community.”

As well as the 15km end-to-end route, there is also a family-friendly 7km route and Blindfold to the Beacon, a walk up the path from the Wyche to the Worcestershire Beacon, blindfolded with a sighted guide.

Tickets can be booked at Malvern Town Council or on the Sight Concern website.