TWO brave Wigan women are taking on the trek of a lifetime into the depths of the wilderness – all for a cause close to their hearts.
Lisa Smith of Ashton and Lyndsey Browne, both 34, will tackle one of the world’s most famous trails hoping to raise more than £7,500 for a cancer charity
Setting off in September, it will take them both nine days to trek to Machu Picchu in the The Andes, travelling along the Inca Trail in Peru
And it isn’t the first time the girls have done something dangerous in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Lisa said: “Last year we undertook the challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It was such an amazing experience and we’ve been touched by this amazing charity. So much so that we’ve decided that once is never enough and we’ve undertaken another challenge in September – The Inca Trail in Peru.
“The six day trek will cover 78km and take us to 4,200 height above mean sea level where we can relive the experience of altitude all over again!
“A total of 40 hours trekking will take us deep into the Peruvian jungle as we follow the famous Inca Trail from Cusco to Machu Picchu.
“The Inca Trail will present us with a new challenge – steps and lots of them – 10,892 of them to be exact.”
The girls began raising money together for Marie Curie after seeing the disease affect a number of loved ones.
And by choosing that particular charity, the pair are now setting up a series of events to collect as much money as possible.
Lyndsey added: “We are again raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
“Most people’s lives have been touched by cancer, and will know the fear and the pain and that sufferers and their families feel when it strikes.
“This incredible charity provides care and support to people with terminal cancer in their own homes or in a hospice, wherever they choose.
“This means they will be close to the people and surroundings they love.
“The respite provided by Marie Curie nurses help make it possible for family members to care for their loved ones.
“Just £20 provides an hour of valuable, much needed nursing care. We have currently raised £6,000 and hope to raise a lot more money.”
To donate to Lyndsey and Lisa’s cause visit at http://www.justgiving.com/LyndseyandLisa