Glazebury fundraiser scales Inca trail heights

Leigh Journal: Santander worker scales Inca trail heights for charity Santander worker scales Inca trail heights for charity

AS charity fundraisers go, one father at least had a nice view to enjoy during an arduous trek which raised more than £8,000.

Damian McGann completed the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru with 30 of his colleagues from Santander in a combined effort to raise £150,000 for CLIC Sargent.

The group battled treacherous terrain to trek 60 kilometres at an altitude of 10,000ft for the leading cancer charity in the UK for children and young people.

The dad-of-two, who lives in Glazebury, said: “I managed it okay with no major problems and we have raised a lot of money for a great charity.

“Some people struggled with the altitude and physical aspect but it was an absolutely brilliant team effort, everyone was pulling together and helping each other out.

“The guides were great and taught us little tricks to deal with the altitude and the weather was kind three days out of the four. The one day it rained was difficult but we just got on with it.”

CLIC Sargent is a charity close to Damian’s heart after he lost his mum to cancer at the age of 10.

He said: “We had stayed in a place called Cusco for a few days before the trek in order to acclimatise and we got to do a little bit of sightseeing but then it was off to the mountain and very basic living in tents as we expected.

“When we had climbed up the mountain and reached the Sun Gates, we turned around and the city, Machu Picchu, is just there.

"It is one of the most inspirational things I have ever seen. I’m not often short of words but at that moment I was speechless.”

All the money raised by the group has been doubled by the bank. For more information email Damian at damianmcgann@yahoo.co.uk.

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