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Adventurers return from Himalayan trek
8:10am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
HIMALAYAN adventurers have conquered a daring trek to raise money for charity.
It took the seven brave trekkers from Leigh six days to hike a mountain path from Dharamsala through weather ranging from tropical heat to ice and snow to raise more than £17,000 for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.
Julie Houston was inspired to become a fundraiser for the hospice after her sister battled cancer in Spain.
The 48-year-old said: “It was challenging in lots of different ways. As well as the physical aspect, some of the mental challenges were a lot to deal with. There were 15 of us in total and everyone had to deal with different challenges.
“Some of the group were scared of spiders or snakes, while others weren’t fond of the camping environment and the toilets facilities were non-exsistent but we handled them together and supported each other.”
Many of the group also struggled to come to terms with the poverty they witnessed while in India.
Julie, of Leighton Drive, said: “When you get to Dehli it is a real culture shock. You are dropped into a world that is totally alien and the level of povety is very extreme. The biggest thing that I took away from it was that we don’t appreciate the things that we have got.
“The people seemed happy on the whole even though they have very little from our point of view, they had huts and food and that is it.
“It was difficult coming back, everywhere seemed so clean in comparison but I would definitely do something like it again and urge others to if they get the chance.”
Julie’s sister is now well but the lack of support for cancer sufferers in Spain made her appreciate the work of hospices and inspired her to help.
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