Trekking to Machu Picchu
14 June 2012
Katie Henry, Programmes and Workshops Administrator (Educational Development Unit), has begun raising money to fund a trek of the Inca Trail in Peru, on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, in 2013. She explains why she has taken on the challenge.
“I’m doing it in memory of my mum, who died from cancer in March, after battling the disease for 18 years. She had always wanted to go to Machu Picchu but never got the chance. Then I saw them advertising this hike in Metro and I just thought, ‘I’m going to do it’. I need to raise a minimum of £4,000 by January but I want to raise £10,000, if possible. I am raising funds for Macmillan because they support everyone living with cancer, whatever their background, and I want to make sure that everybody gets the same support my mum got, which made a huge difference to how she lived her life. I’m doing the trek with my dad and a couple of other family members and friends. I’ve started doing some long walks at the weekend, but I need to get used to walking up steep mountains and plan to do some hiking in September. It’s very important your body is used to lots of walking before you get there, not only to increase your fitness levels but also to make sure you have the stamina, and don’t end up being carried by a donkey! I’m trying to come up with some innovative ways to encourage people to donate and so, each month, I’m picking a donor at random and giving them a prize. For example, in June the prize is a baking lesson with my friend Rachel, who is a chef, where people can learn how to make the perfect profiterole or whoopee pie.”