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Fade St's Emily steps in as Louise is latest Kilimanjaro climb drop-out

AS the Diary first reported last week, top model Georgia Salpa dropped out of the fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish foundation to focus on upcoming TV projects.

And today Louise (22) revealed that she has been forced to stay home due to a back injury.

"I've had a bad back for years. I fell down the stairs when I was 13. Then I crashed my car two weeks ago and it just got worse. I went to the doctor to ask for painkillers. But after he examined me he said that I had too much damage done to my lower back

"He said I wouldn't even make it on such a long haul flight, I would be in a lot of pain. He said that if I attempted to climb Kilimanjaro I would have permanent back damage.

"I wasn't expecting to be told I couldn't do it. I just wanted to go to the doctor for extra strong painkillers. You can never tell how these things are going to pan out.

"From the outside this probably looks bad but I know myself that it's the truth and that's all that matters," she explained.

But it seems that all is not lost. Fade Street's newest recruit Emily MacKeogh is set to fill in for Louise.


The co-owner of jewellery store Crystal and Co will now fly out to Tanzania with international model Roz Purcell, former Miss Universe Ireland Lynn Kelly and presenter Daniella Moyles.

Meanwhile, AR model Georgia (26) admitted over the weekend that she had decided to pull out of the charity climb.

The Dublin star who recently split from Calum Best said that she felt unprepared and didn't realise how much work would be involved.

"I won't be climbing Kilimanjaro with the girls. I am really disappointed but when I agreed to do the climb I wasn't aware of all the training and work involved."

But an insider told the Diary that producers were expecting her to drop out before the trip.

"Georgia told people over three weeks ago that she wasn't going to take part in the climb. The producers said they had always prepared for one girl to drop out. It's clear now that that was Georgia."