£7k charity trek joy

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 November 2010 | UPDATED: 10:38 04 May 2017

Richard Davies, Sonia Fox and Sarah Slade in Peru

Richard Davies, Sonia Fox and Sarah Slade in Peru

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A TRIO of Weston Hospicecare supporters have raised thousands of pounds for the charity by completing a Peruvian trek.

Richard Davies, Sonia Fox and Sarah Slade undertook a gruelling 10-day hike to Machu Picchu.

And their efforts certainly paid off as the delighted group have reached the £7,000 target which was set before they embarked on the challenge.

Weston Hospicecare is a charity close to the heart of Richard, from Uphill, whose wife died of cancer in 2002.

He said: “I decided I wanted to do this for Weston Hospicecare because of the care they were able to give Karen while she was ill with cancer.

“They were there to help me through it as well. Karen was not ill for very long, but the support they gave both of us was amazing.”

The trek took the team through some of the most stunning scenery in the world, and at an altitude of over 4,000 metres above sea level.

Sonia, of Locking Road, said: “The views were just stunning, and I’d love to visit the country again – maybe without my walking boots next time!”

The amount the group has raised will provide enough medication for the in-patient unit for nearly one year.

A member of the Weston Hospicecare team, said: “It has been a challenging climate for fund-raising this year, and they have overcome many obstacles before they could even attempt the actual international challenge itself.

“What they have done for the hospice is amazing and from everyone here I would like to say a big thank you and well done.”

The charity has just launched its 2011 and 2012 overseas challenge programme and there are still places left for Trek China and The Zambezi Blast White Water Raft. The fund-raising team can also help people to take part in a challenge of their choice, in any destination and in any country around the world.

For more information call 01934 423965.

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