Tess Burrows is a peace activist, climbing instructor, healer, motivational speaker and grandmother of four.
She was born in Southern England in 1948 and educated at Bedales School. After taking a degree in ecological science from Edinburgh University, she moved to Australia to grow trees. By the time she returned to the UK, she was the single mother of three young boys.
In 1990, she started climbing, cycling, running, walking and parachuting to raise funds for environmental, animal and educational projects. Eight years later, she founded Climb For Tibet with her partner Pete Hammond, to gather peace messages to declaim from high places. The charity has now raised more than £150,000, mainly for building schools in Tibet.
She is the author of four books, Cry from The Highest Mountain, Cold Hands Warm Heart, Touch the Sky, and Soft Courage, all published by Eye Books.
Find out more about Tess at tessburrows.org.