A UNCLE and niece duo will take on two very different challenges - all in the name of charity.

35-year-old Alan Crawford is taking on Africa’s highest peak, Kilimanjaro, and his six-year-old niece Lily Nimmo is have her hair chopped off after being inspired watching a video on Youtube.

Alan is raising money in memory of his gran and aunt, both of whom passed away at a young age due to cancer.

And 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of his gran, Maria Crawford’s death so he wanted to do something extra special.

Alan said: “I have decided to climb Kilimanjaro to challenge myself, as I haven’t done anything like it before and have come to a point in my life where I want to give back and help those who are suffering with the disease that affects so many.”

Little Lily, a pupil at Stanley Primary is joining her uncles charity exploits and she will have her hair chopped off after watching a video online and got upset and asked if she could donate her hair to give to those suffering from cancer.

Lily’s gran Yvonne Crawford said: “She asked herself to get it cut, her uncle didn’t ask her, she made her own choice. She is going to Glasgow in a few weeks for the big haircut.”

Yvonne’s sister Lillian Ross (Crawford) suffered with cancer and passed away in 2011 and it is hoped that the duo raise as much money as possible.

For more information or to donate to the cause visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alan-crawford8