Inca trail’s £13k boost

Fundraisers Vicki Taylor, Nicky Drummond, Helen Barr and Bev Burke at Machu Picchu. Photo contributed.
Fundraisers Vicki Taylor, Nicky Drummond, Helen Barr and Bev Burke at Machu Picchu. Photo contributed.
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FOUR cancer survivors scaled new heights to raise over £13,000 for charity.

After battling the disease, Nicky Drummond from Wetton, Helen Barr from Disley, Beverley Burke from Chapel-en-le-Frith and Vicki Taylor from New Mills took on the challenge of Peru earlier this year.

Vicki Taylor, Nicky Drummond, Helen Barr and Bev Burke present a cheque to Anne Cawthorne, of Blythe House. Photo contributed.

Vicki Taylor, Nicky Drummond, Helen Barr and Bev Burke present a cheque to Anne Cawthorne, of Blythe House. Photo contributed.

The keen walkers embarked on a mammoth 16-day adventure taking in a four-day trek along The Inca Trail, climbing to an altitude of 4,800 metres to reach the ancient site of Machu Picchu.

And through generous sponsorship and a series of fundraising events, they have raised over £13,000 for Blythe House Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support and Challenge Cancer Through Adventure.

“We had a fantastic time – really rewarding and full of unforgettable memories, a mixture of emotions and a great sense of achievement,” said the determined foursome, who first met at Blythe House Hospice at Chapel-en-le-Frith.

As well as various donations, raffles and sales, money was raised through a series of fundraising events, including: a bag pack at Morrisons in Chapel, a curry night at Simply Indian in New Mills, a race night at Chapel Cricket Club and a ladies pampering day at Blythe House. These events alone raised nearly £4,000.

Children from four Catholic primary schools in Stockport raised £1,100 through cake sales, raffles, non-uniform days and a Lent collection, while King’s School in Macclesfield organised various fund-raising activities to collect £500.

And pupils from the Learning Support Department at Chapel High School contributed £450, raised through various events during the school year. These included a Christmas Shopping Night, which will be held again on November 15 in fond memory of teacher Penny Jones, who died in April.

Thanking everyone for their support, the ladies added: “It’s been an overwhelming experience and we’ve certainly proved that we are still up for, and capable of, a challenge after the various obstacles we’ve encountered in the past two to three years.”

lAnyone wishing to give their support can still do so via www.justgiving.com/teams/girlstakeonperu.