After enduring eight hour walks a day, high altitude and temperature between high 20s during the day to -7°C at night, five women from Beccles completed a gruelling trek in Machu Picchu and have raised an amazing £2,000 for Breast Cancer Now.
One of the hikers, Tracey Riches, said: “The trip was extremely tough with all of us suffering from altitude sickness to a greater or lesser degree, with three of us needing oxygen and one of us nearly having to be helicoptered off on the first night. I am delighted to tell you that despite this we all completed the challenge.”
Technical jackets from merchandising and promotional products specialist Promo International were donated to the ladies before their hike, after a chance meeting with the company’s MD Peter Townsend. These jackets proved extremely useful. Ms Riches added: “As well as wearing them in the evening and the freezing mornings (we were up between 4 and 5.00am each morning) we all slept in our jackets and I know that they contributed to our success and wellbeing.”
Kim Robertson created this fundraising group after being diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2011. Since then, all members have been dedicated to raising money for the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity, Breast Cancer Now with other activities such as walking the Great Wall of China and cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia.
Ms Riches added: “To date our small group has raised over £65,000. For our next event we have purchased a 21-year-old, £150 Renault Clio that we have sprayed pink and we will be driving from Suffolk to Venice at the beginning of September in the Crumball Rally.”