A SALISBURY surveyor has scaled the dizzying heights of Mount Kilimanjaro in her bid to win the Miss Great Britain crown and raise money for charity.

Hayley Adlam, who won the title of Miss Salisbury, flew out to Tanzania at the end of August to make her summit attempt.

She has been raising money for three charities, the Alzheimer’s Society, Global’s Make Some Noise and LAMP Mental Health.

Hayley, who lives near Stonehenge and works in the renewable energy sector building offshore windfarms, has spent a year saving up for the trip so all the donations can go directly to the charities.

The 26-year-old said: “The experience of climbing Kilimanjaro was absolutely phenomenal; one of most incredible experiences of my life and one which gave me such a huge sense of satisfaction not only because of reaching the summit but also because of fundraising for such amazing charities.”

Hayley says the most difficult part of the trek was the summit due to the altitude.

She added: “But with every great journey comes great challenges, but those challenges you overcome make the reward of achieving your goal even more amazing when you finally reach it.”

She says as she saw the glacier on the walk towards Uhuru Peak, the summit, the tears started streaming down her face.

“It was something I had wanted to see for so long and it just looked so breathtaking. Reaching Uhuru Peak was out of this world and there are no words to describe the feeling of standing there. I was truly speechless but overcome with so much emotion again,” said Hayley.

“What an amazing experience it was. I had dreamt of that moment for so long so to finally achieve it was genuinely a dream come true.”

During her visit Hayley, who grew up in Fordingbridge, also visited a local school and donated educational supplies to help support the work they do.

She has raised more than £1,200. Her fellow Miss Great Britain contestants have also been fundraising for charities.

Hayley said: “To have raised so much money for such incredible charities is so overwhelming in itself and I feel a great sense of pride for being able to help such worthy causes whilst doing something that I love. I hope that the money raised can help to really make a difference to the charities especially once all of the finalists come together with a grand total from all of our different fundraising activities.”

The finals for Miss Great Britain are on Friday at The Athena, Leicester where 50 finalists will compete for the title of Miss Great Britain.

To make a donation go to virginmoneygiving.com/hayleylouiseadlam.