Dad sets of on Peruvian trek for cancer charity
11:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in NW
A DAD-of-two has just embarked on the trek of a lifetime to raise thousands of pounds for a children’s cancer charity.
Damian McGann, who lost his mum to cancer when he was 10 years old, is trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.
He, along with 30 of his Santander colleagues, departed on Friday to trek 60 kilometres at an altitude of 10,000ft in the hope of raising more than £150,000 for CLIC Sargent, the leading cancer charity in the UK for children and young people.
Damian said: “The altitude is what makes it difficult but my family and friends have been very patient while I’ve been wandering around the village with rocks in my backpack to train.”
All the money raised by the Santander employees will be doubled by the bank for the charity, which helps ensure children and young people with cancer and their families continue to receive care and support when they need it most.
Damian, who lives in Glazebury but grew up in Leigh, said: “The money we raise will be a massive boost to many needy families who are tragically fighting cancer with their children.
“CLIC Sargent does a wonderful job in supporting them and after losing my mum to cancer when I was 10 it is a cause close to my heart.”
Damian has raised more than £4,000 so far through a gold day at Leigh golf club and a charity night in the Grey Horse in Glazebury.
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