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A mountain to climb for Miss Norwich

PUBLISHED: 15:21 23 February 2010 | UPDATED: 08:21 02 July 2010

Miss Norwich Salema Junior-Radford

Miss Norwich Salema Junior-Radford

Sam Emanuel

She is one of the city's most glamorous women and has just been crowned Miss Norwich, but Salema Junior-Radford will soon be ditching the stilettos and donning her walking boots in a bid to raise thousands of pounds to help children with cancer.

Miss Norwich Salema Junior-Radford

She is one of the city's most glamorous women and has just been crowned Miss Norwich, but Salema Junior-Radford will soon be ditching the stilettos and donning her walking boots in a bid to raise thousands of pounds to help children with cancer.

The medical student from Costessey, who is currently at Newcastle University studying to become a doctor, will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro this summer to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust after being moved by the plight of cancer patients during her work experience in hospitals.

Miss Junior-Radford, who is 20, is aiming to raise a minimum of £2,200 for the charity when she completes the 12-day trek in July.

Once she has completed the challenge, she will spent time volunteering in a children's hospital near the mountain, and hopes the skills she has gained while training to be a doctor in England will put her in good stead for the challenge.

After winning the Miss Norwich title at the beginning of the month, the student is now through to the semi-finals of the Miss England competition, and may have to change her flights for the trip if she reaches the finals.

She said: “I was completely in shock and couldn't move when I found out I'd won. I think that if you win something like Miss Norwich, you might as well use the title to raise money for charity and help other people. I've seen people with cancer on wards while I've been working in hospitals and it is so sad, I really want to help.

“My friend from university, Emma Khosla, who will be doing the trek with me, lost one of her best friends to ovarian cancer when she was 17, so it's a charity which is close to all of our hearts.

“The charity works really hard to make sure that teenagers with cancer are treated on purpose built teenager only wards, rather than being with young children and elderly people. The more I've looked into the work they do, the more important I think it is. Even if people only sponsor me £1, then if 1,000 people do that will be £1,000.”

To sponsor Miss Junior-Radford, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/salema-climbs-kili.

Are you doing something interesting to raise money for charity? Call Sam Emanuel on 01603 772438 or email sam.emanuel@archant.co.uk.

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