Chance of a life­time

Find out more about hos­pice trek

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

PEO­PLE can help a hos­pice by em­bark­ing on an ad­ven­ture of a life­time.

The Hos­pice of St Fran­cis is hold­ing an open evening on Tues­day for any­one in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about its planned Trek to Peru, leav­ing in Septem­ber 2016. The evening, which starts at 7pm at the Hos­pice in Spring Gar­den Lane, Berkham­sted, will show­case the Trek’s itin­er­ary and give a brief over­view of the hos­pice and ex­pected fundrais­ing com­mit­ment for par­tic­i­pa­tion in the ex­cit­ing ad­ven­ture.

Led by ex­pe­ri­enced guides, the 10-day Trek will fol­low the mys­ti­cal Inca trail in Peru, fol­low­ing the fa­mous Salkantay Trail and tak­ing in snow­capped moun­tains, lush jun­gles and an­cient sites along the way, cul­mi­nat­ing at the an­cient city of Machu Picchu.

The ad­ven­ture will also in­volve a two day com­mu­nity pro­ject help­ing to im­prove con­di­tions at a lo­cal com­mu­nity cen­tre.

Mums-of-two and friends for 36 years, Jac­qui Wiek­sza and Sam Al­lum (pic­tured) have al­ready signed up for the once-ina-life­time trip.

Ms Wiek­sza said: “We de­cided a year ago that we wanted to do it. Now that our chil­dren, who are all in the mid-late teens don’t need us so much, it’s time to do some­thing for our­selves. We’re so ex­cited. We can do all the fundrais­ing to­gether, sup­port each other on the trip, take on what we know will be a fan­tas­tic chal­lenge and give some­thing back to an amaz­ing char­ity which changes lives and which cared for my mother-in­law, Mar­garet Wiek­sza, who spent the last week of her life there be­fore she died, aged 86, in May 2013.”

The pair are al­ready plan­ning a host of fundrais­ing events and ini­tia­tives in a bid to raise £8,000 for the hos­pice, in­clud­ing run­ning a half marathon, hold­ing a casino night, a Valen­tine’s ball and a tombola stall at a fete, bag pack­ing in Marks & Spencer’s, as well as cof­fee morn­ings and car boot sales.

To spon­sor them visit http://uk.vir­gin­money giv­ JaxandSamPeru2016.

The open evening is free to at­tend and there is no com­mit­ment to sign-up on the night for the Trek, although there is an early bird reg­is­tra­tion fee of £340 un­til Septem­ber 30.

For more in­for­ma­tion call 01442 869 555 or visit www.stfran­ peru.

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