A team of volunteers who are preparing for a trek of a lifetime to raise vital funds for patient care at Nightingale House Hospice have had to adapt their training regimes because of the Covid-19 restrictions.
Getting together, training, socialising and bonding would have all been part of the preparation for this intrepid group who fly out later this year to conquer the one-and-only Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The Trail is the world’s most important archaeological find and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Instead, the 43 trekkers have kept in touch through social media and recently launched a virtual walking challenge to help get fit. Over five weekends which started on 20th June, each group member will trek a total of 54 kilometres. That will add up to 2,322 kilometres – the distance they will be hiking over five days in Peru in November.
Triumph Through Adversity
Group members covered 407 kilometres in total over the first weekend, covering various routes around their local areas.
Challenge Events Co-ordinator Bethan Scott said: “Organising and raising funds is always demanding but rewarding. The coronavirus outbreak has added an unprecedented challenge with many of the group’s planned fundraising events postponed or cancelled. We are so proud of this incredible group who, even in these most challenging times, has still managed to raise £56,000 for patient care. They continue to amaze us with their innovative fundraising ideas”.
If you would like to sponsor the group, you can do so here.
Nightingale House provides specialist palliative care services, completely free-of-charge, to patients and their families across a wide area stretching from Wrexham, Flintshire and East Denbighshire to Barmouth and the border towns, including Oswestry and Whitchurch.
In 2020, it will cost £3,435,943 million to run the Hospice – this equates to nearly £9,388 per day. Find out more at nightingalehouse.co.uk
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