AN INTREPID grandmother and mother from LlanfairPG is on a mission to achieve seven challenges before her 70th birthday.

Ann Pugh, known as "Sam," has set herself the daunting schedule to complete a bucket list by her birthday on Monday, March 25.

One of her challenges is to do a 'Calendar Girls' style calendar, and she is hoping to trace old school friends from Bangor to join in.

The retired mental health nurse is hoping to raise £1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society

So far, she has achieved five of her challenges. Her first activity was riding the high speed Zipwire at Bethesda, last July.

She went on to teach herself paddle boarding on Llanberis Lake, walked to the second level, up 1000 steps, of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, preceded by a 90 minute walk through the city and followed by another 90 minute walk after the climb.

She has also learned Flamenco dancing during a stay in a Spanish village last September, and swam in the sea, off Llanddwyn Island, on New Year’s Day.

Her next challenge will see her organising the charity calendar, and she also has plans for a ride in a microlight.

Sam is now appealing to old friends, who went to Bangor's Central School, also known as the Deiniol Secondary Modern school, to contact her to take part in the calendar

She said: "At school, my maiden name was Ann Benningshof, although I decided to call myself "Sam," and the nickname has stuck all these years!

"I decided, before I was 70, I would do something to help the Alzheimer's Society by achieving seven things I'd wanted to do.

"My husband Stan thinks I am completely mad! Especially when I jumped into the sea in just a bathing suit on New Year's Day.

"One of my next challenges is to create a “Calendar Girls” type calendar, provisionally titled 'Central School, Bangor, Class of '64. It would be of old school friends from our class together from 1960 to 1964.

"I'd love them to join me to do the calendar, it would be great fun and all in a good cause."

Sam, who has two daughters and five grandchildren, previously worked at the Heulwen ward at Ysbyty Gwynedd and at the Cefni Hospital, in Llangefni.

"I qualified as mental health nurse at the age of 51, hence my interest in raising money for the Alzheimer's Society."

In the past she took part in two fundraising Memory Walks on Anglesey raising a total of £3400.

She has a “Just Giving” page on Facebook and has raised over £700 to date. She is hoping people will donate. Contact: 01248 714773.