A JUNGLE and mountain themed party boosted the fundraising total for a Shoreham letting agent.
The event at Sussex Yacht Club, in Brighton Road, took the total past £1,200 for Worthing Churches Homeless Projects (WCHP) and Spinal Research.
Bush tucker trials, fun photos at a jungle photo booth, an auction and raffle all helped boost the money raised at the party on July 26.
Lucy Dawe, 28, from Lawton and Dawe, in Broad Reach, Ropetackle, will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in September.
A competition to guess the number of steps she will take on her trek was launched and will be continued on the Facebook page fb.com/lawtonanddawe.
Lucy, of Kingston Bay Road, Shoreham Beach, said: “What a great way to officially mark the launch of the fundraising part of the trek.
“The party was such good fun but now I have to concentrate on preparing for the climb.”
She said she was honoured to receive messages of support from Adur Council chairman Mike Mendoza and Worthing mayor Bob Smytherman.
Her 5,896m trek up the highest freestanding mountain in the world will follow the Machame route, camping and taking in the splendour of the surroundings and clear night skies.
The terrain changes as the mountain is climbed, from thick forest, moorland and scree en route to the highest point of the crater, Uhuru Peak, a challenging trek at altitude.
Lucy is supporting Spinal Research following a motorbike accident involving her best friend last year.
She has recently joined the WCHP fundraising committee and has been a tireless worker for the charity, which looks after homeless and insecurely housed individuals in the Worthing area.
She said she had previously run marathons and completed a 50-mile bike ride, but had never tackled a mountain.
Once in Africa,she will join Discover Adventure for the trek up the mountain, in Tanzania, along with 10 other trekkers.
Find out more about donating via Lucy’s Just Giving pages, or sponsor one of her t-shirts for each day of her trek. Visit www.lawtonanddawe.co.uk for more details.