Volunteers head to the Himalayas for charity trek
9:40am Friday 20th September 2013 in NW
Steve Houston, Denise Atherton, Louise Atherton, Dave Hatton, Julie Houston, Emma Pol and Judith Burke in training on Snowdon
INTREPID adventurers from Leigh set out to trek through the Himalayas on Wednesday.
It will take the group six days to trek a mountain path from Dharamsala through weather ranging from tropical heat to ice and snow.
One of the volunteers, Julie Houston, was inspired to help Wigan and Leigh Hospice after her sister was diagnosed with cancer while in Spain.
Julie, of Leighton Drive in Leigh, said: “Fortunately my sister is now well again, but I discovered that there was little or no support for cancer patients in Spain and instantly appreciated the work of hospices in the UK.
“I am a member of a fitness group in Leigh and one of my trainers, Emma Poli, came up with the idea of a Himalayan trek in aid of the hospice. I have never attempted anything remotely like it before.”
The group has been preparing for the challenge of walking for up to eight hours a day by climbing peaks in the Lake District and Snowdon in Wales.
Julie, aged 47, said: “We have all become close friends. The team has formed a hospice support group and in addition to the trek, they now organise all kinds of fundraising activities.
“At times it has been very challenging but the £14,000 we have already raised before we leave will make every step worthwhile and with further donations and gift aid we hope to reach £20,000.”
The group left from Wigan North Western train station on Wednesday and hope to have returned by October 1.
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