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.
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.