Nursery nurse to trek across Jordan for Francis House children's hospice
10:46am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
NURSERY nurse Janet Jones has a special reason to swap teaching youngsters for hiking boots.
She is taking part in a five-day trek in Jordan next month to raise money for seriously ill children.
Mrs Jones, from Chilham Road, Walkden, is part of a 22-strong group from Francis House Children’s Hospice taking on the trek, each raising at least £1,000 for the charity and paying for the trip themselves.
Her sister, Gill Bevin, is head of care at Francis House and will be celebrating her 50th birthday while on the trek.
She has asked her family and friends for donations instead of gifts to raise money for the Didsbury hospice which serves the North West, including Bolton, and Mrs Jones went one better and agreed to accompany her.
Mrs Jones said: “When my sister came up with the idea of doing the trek for her 50th birthday I knew I had to go and look after her.
“We both really enjoy walking and cycling and have been putting in lots of training up Rivington Pike and around Blackleach Country Park.
“Gill is passionate about Francis House, the children, young people and families that come for respite care. I knew I had to join her on this once in a lifetime experience.”
An assembly about the trek and the work of the children’s hospice was held in front of the 200 pupils at St Paul's CE Primary School, Crompton Street, Walkden, where Mrs Jones has worked for 22 years.
The children she teachers supported her with a dress-down non-uniform day, each donating a £1 to the hospice.
The sisters will be the ancient site of Petra, now a tourist destination after it was lost to the Western world for centuries. It was used as a film location for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
To donate please to the website justgiving.com/Janet-Jones2013.
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