Fundraiser Eirlys Greenough will scale three European volcanoes in just a week to pay tribute to her family and support the RAF Benevolent Fund charity…

The 47-year-old’s husband Andy and two young children Evan and Nia died in a house fire 12 years ago, while the family were stationed at RAF Akrotiri. Now Eirlys is fundraising to give something back to the charity which stepped up to help in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.

She said: “The RAF Benevolent Fund were there so quickly. They were one of the first organisations to make a grant. I did not expect that. I remember feeling overwhelmed by getting it. There was no fuss, they were just there.”

Eirlys, who works for online wool shop Woolstack in Cheltenham, is preparing to spend her Easter break climbing Mount Vesuvius, Mount Stromboli and Mount Etna. She will be joined on the Trek for Troops trip by her sister, Bethan Jones, who celebrates her 50th birthday this summer.

Eirlys, who is originally from Merthyr Tydfil, added: “I have climbed Mount Stromboli before and it was an incredible experience so I guess that gave me a taste for volcanoes! I’ve done some walking with my dog to prepare and I’m planning to wear lots of layers – I’ve heard Mount Etna has had snow!”

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