TOUGH Kirsty Truesdale will need all the strength she can muster when she attempts to pull a 70-tonne plane.
Thankfully, Grantham-born Kirsty, who is only 5ft 3ins tall and weighs 62kg, will not be alone when she grabs the rope.
She will be joined by 29 Royal Navy colleagues, all keen to reach a target of raising £6,000 for the Royal Navy Benevolent Trust, which helps servicemen and their families who are injured in the line of duty.
They will attempt to pull a C130 Hercules aircraft along a 1,000m stretch of runway.
Former Walton Girls’ High School pupil Kirsty, 20, said: “The team have been training hard for a number of months and everyone feels ready for the physical challenge.”
Able seaman Kirsty is currently deployed with the Royal Navy in the Falklands, having served for three years.
She hopes to gain the support of people here in her home-town in raising money for the charity.
She said: “The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust is an excellent charity that looks to assist wounded servicemen and their families not just from current conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan, but also veterans of World War Two, Gulf War One, Northern Ireland and the Falklands.”
The C130 Hercules the team will be pulling is one of 50 Royal Air Force transport aeroplanes currently serving to resupply and ferry British service personnel throughout the world.
l To sponsor Kirsty, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/Herculespull or send a cheque payable to ‘Service Funds MPA’ to: Officer Commanding, Communications Systems Troop, Defence Equipment and Support, Information Systems and Services, Mount Pleasant Complex, BFPO 655.