Teacher to tackle Marrakech mountain

Tracey Summers on Snowdon ANL-140206-124211001
Tracey Summers on Snowdon ANL-140206-124211001

A Soham Village College teacher who suffered third degree burns as a child is taking on an eight-day mountain trek in Morocco this summer.

Vocational studies teacher Tracey Summers, 50, is climbing up Mount Toubkal in Marrakech on July 28 for The Katie Piper Foundation as she caught fire in a kitchen accident and burnt her arms and legs when she was young.

Mrs Summers, who has been at the school for 11 years, is now a volunteer for the charity that treats and rehabilitates burns victims, holds well-being workshops and allows experiences to be shared.

“It’s something very close to my heart. It’s quite a small charity and I am trying to raise awareness of the support that is out there. I feel so privileged to see first-hand what a huge difference their support makes to burn survivors,” she said.

“I have never done this sort of ascent before so it is a new challenge. I have been doing walks whenever I can to try to build up stamina and strength in my legs.”

Mrs Summers, from Witchford, has climbed Mount Snowdon and the Peak District and is running the Tunnel to Towers 5k run on July 20 as part of her training and fundraising efforts.

In Morocco, she will be walking in a group of eight for up to six hours a day and camping out on the mountain.

“It is going to be hot so I will have to factor that in. It is going to be a hard challenge but a very rewarding one as well.”

Principal of the college, Dr Carin Taylor, has pledged her support. “Everyone at Soham Village College is proud of Tracey, her trek and her support for The Katie Piper Foundation. We wish her all the very best as she faces this particular challenge.”

To give to her cause, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Tracey-Summers1.