MOST women would hope training for a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro would help them shed a few pounds.
But not Gina Swire.
The stunning 26-year-old model, from Poulton, is trying to keep her size 14/16 curves – despite a gruelling training regime to prepare her to the fund-raising challenge, which she will undertake in January in memory of her dad.
Gina’s dad Peter – a well-known Blackpool businessman – lost his battle with oesophageal cancer in August 2009.
She will be doing the sponsored 10-day trek to raise funds for cancer charity Macmillan.
But as a plus-size model, Gina says she is having to be careful her training does not cause her to lose too much weight.
She said: “It’s something I have always fancied doing and felt spurred on when I watched a TV programme about celebrities taking part in a trek to Kilimanjaro.
“It’s such a good cause, Macmillan.
“There will be 30 of us doing it together as a group – people I don’t know – but it’s nice to have other people there.
“I wanted to raise money for Macmillan because my dad died from cancer a couple of years ago.
“My brother Tom did the London Marathon last year in memory of our dad, who was well-known in Blackpool as he was the managing director of Moorland Motors.”
Gina’s training has involved hitting the gym, swimming and walking. I did Snowdon a few weeks ago.
Conditions on the trek up the 19,000ft – nearly 6,000m – mountain will be tough, with blistering heat during the day and icy cold temperatures at night. Terrain can be rough.
Gina said: “I have been in training, but with my career as a plus-size model, I have to stay a certain size and shape.
“I do all the curvy stuff, so I’ve had to factor that in – I’ve been trying not to lose too much weight.
“I’ve been trying to hit the protein shakes and so on.
“I am looking forward now to the trek, but a little bit nervous.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor Gina, can log onto www.justgiving.com/ginas.