Stu­dent takes on 10-day trek for de­men­tia char­ity

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A UNIVER­SITY stu­dent will tackle a 10-day trek in South Amer­ica to help raise al­most £100,000 for a de­men­tia char­ity.

Stephanie Jones, 19, from Lu­tyens Close in Mac­cles­field, will join 36 other stu­dents from Ply­mouth Univer­sity on the trek to the Inca ru­ins of Machu Pic­chu, in June this year. The money, of which Stephanie aims to raise £2,990, will go to De­men­tia UK to fund spe­cial­ist de­men­tia nurses, Ad­mi­ral Nurses, who give prac­ti­cal, clin­i­cal and emo­tional sup­port to fam­i­lies liv­ing with the dis­ease to help them cope.

Stephanie, who is study­ing ge­og­ra­phy, said: “You don’t hear so much about de­men­tia char­i­ties so I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant to raise aware­ness.

“The char­ity is also close to my heart as one of my fam­ily is af­fected by the dis­ease.”

The for­mer All Hal­lows Catholic Col­lege pupil will be­gin train­ing for the chal­lenge this month.

She said: “I’ve never done a trek and feel ex­cited but a bit scared at the same time. I’m fit but not crazily fit so it will def­i­nitely be a chal­lenge.”

The team will fly from Lon­don Heathrow and on ar­rival will have a day of al­ti­tude ad­just­ment.

Stephanie said: “Our ad­ven­ture leader said the at­mos­phere at that height makes you feel like you have a bad hang­over but af­ter the ad­just­ment day it should be okay.”

The stu­dents aim to reach Machu Pic­chu on the 10th day as the sun is ris­ing. Stephanie said: “I’ll be so proud if I reach the end. I have so many study dead­lines but I still found the time to do this as it’s so im­por­tant.”

Do­nate at just­giv­ing. com/steph-jones­machupic­chu.

●● Stephanie Jones col­lect­ing for De­men­tia UK in Mac­cles­field town cen­tre

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