FOUR INTREPID ladies who have battled cancer are preparing to take on their next big challenge – a mammoth charity trek to raise £10,000.
Keen walkers Nicky Drummond, Helen Barr, Beverley Burke and Vicki Taylor, who are all recovering from the disease, will jet-off next month on a 16-day adventure along The Inca Trail, trekking to an altitude of 4,800 metres to reach the ancient site of Machu Picchu.
The determined ladies, who met at Blythe House in Chapel-en-le-Frith, will be raising the money for the hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support and Challenge Cancer Through Adventure - the latter supports adventurous activities for people in the Peak District diagnosed with cancer or a life-threatening illness.
“We had all come together from different hospitals at Blythe House’s LivingWell Centre,” explained Nicky, 44, from Wetton.
“It is quite a lonely road when you are having treatment, but the support we all received there - everything from complementary therapies to group and family support - was amazing. It really was a real lifeline, and now we want to give something back in return.”
“It is just such a positive place - there’s no negativity,” explained Helen, 43, from Disley, who encouraged Nicky, Beverley, 49, of Chapel-en-le-Frith, and Vicki, 54, of New Mills, to participate in the trek.
The ladies are already halfway towards their target of £10,000, which includes over £1,000 collected during a two-day bag pack at Morrisons in Chapel-en-le-Frith, an Indian Night at Simply Indian in New Mills which raised £800, as well as various donations, raffles and sales.
Nearly £1,600 has been collected through their Just Giving site www.justgiving.com/teams/girlstakeonperu.
Forthcoming fundraising events include a Charity Race Night at Chapel-en-le-Frith Cricket Club on Friday April 20 from 7.15pm. Tickets for this cost £3.50 in advance, or £10 per family of four. They are available on 01335 310296, 01663 764914 or 01663 745193.
Then on Sunday April 22, the ladies are holding a ‘Be Kind to Yourself Day’ of relaxation, therapies, exercise and workshops at Blythe House, between 9.30am and 4.30pm. Tickets cost £50, including refreshments on arrival and a buffet lunch, and are available on 01298 813585.
The ladies are now training hard in preparation for the challenge of a lifetime by undergoing regular walks in and around the Peak District.
Added Nicky: “A lot of our time has been taken up with fundraising - we’ve now got four-and-a-half weeks to get fit!
“It is quite high - we’ll be walking at an altitude of over 4,000 metres - so it’s going to be a big challenge, but we are all really looking forward to it. Plus it’s great that we are all going together and supporting each other.”
The group has received tremendous support from local businesses, but any more which can offer donations, items or services can contact Nicky on 07813533249.