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Snowdon warm-up for Himalayan adventure in aid of Wigan and Leigh Hospice
8:10am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
SCALING Mount Snowdon is a daunting challenge for many but for Leigh-based fitness trainer Emma Poli and friends their ascent of the highest mountain in England and Wales is merely a ‘warm-up’ for an Himalayan adventure.
On September 1 they’ll climb to the top of Snowdon, 3,571 feet high, then three weeks later they are off to the roof of the world on Indian’s northern border with Tibet.
The seven adventurers are flying out to raise money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice and have set a target of £20,00 from a series of events culminating in walking the Great Himalaya Trail. They will travel 100 kilometres over six days.
Emma explained: “Last year my father died and having previously lost my father-in-law and mother-in-law I decided to set myself a challenge to raise money for charity.
“When other fitness trainers and clients learned of my decision, offered to join in. Fellow trainer Denise Atherton had also lost her mother-in law, so we decided to set up a group called ‘Next Step’, to raise money for the Hospice.”
Denise said: “To date we have raised over £13,000 towards our target. It’s a great way to have fun and we are thrilled that all our efforts are for the benefit of local people whose journey is much more challenging than ours. I have now also become a hospice volunteer.
“The nurses, doctors and the whole medical team are always helpful, compassionate and thoughtful. Their caring professional approach is second to none. Seeing something of the challenges they face daily is very humbling.
“I have been helping in the fundraising office and took a deep breath when they told me that they have to raise around £5,000 every day!”
The group will leave Manchester for the Himalayas by train, on September 18. They will fly to New Delhi, board a sleeper train to Dharmsala, then be driven overland to the Himalayan foothills.
If you want to make a donation see justgiving.com/teams/nextstep
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