COMIC RELIEF FOR GEMMA

A YOUNG Templepatrick woman recently won the trip of a lifetime - waving off nine plucky celebrities as they embarked on a charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Twenty-six-year-old Gemma Greer won a Heat magazine competition to celebrate the BT Red Nose Climb and the launch of the BT Speaking Clock with five of the Kilimanjaro trek celebs' own version of the pips.

Gemma and partner David Martin (25) from Benburb, were flown out to Tanzania to meet Girls Aloud band members Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh, radio DJs Chris Moyles and Fearne Cotton, television presenters Denise Van Outen and Ben Shephard, and singers Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon and Ronan Keating, as the stars prepared for their exhausting eight-day trek to reach the summit.

The competition winners spent an hour chatting with the celebrities, having their photographs taken and their t-shirts signed. They were also treated to a special performance by Masai dancers.

Gemma commented: "I wasn't feeling well when I answered a question about the Comic Relief Speaking Clock in a competition, but I felt so much better when I was told I'd won the opportunity to meet the celebrities out in Tanzania!

"I am still in shock and only really starting to believe it now! I am so pleased, the best I have ever won before is 10 on the lottery so this is great."

Gemma and David subsequently embarked on a three-day safari to complete their experience of a lifetime.

The BT Red Nose Climb saw the celebs take part in a gruelling eight-day trek to reach the summit, which stands at a whopping 19,340 feet above sea level.

The stars raised a staggering 3,326,142 for Comic Relief.

But that's not all - five of the daring celebrities have also done 'something funny for money' and recorded a special version of the BT Speaking Clock - just dial 123 to hear a time check and help raise money for Comic Relief in the process, as 10p of every call goes to the charity.