A MOTHER is on a trek to the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu to raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle.
Annabel Littlewood’s son Thomas, a cerebral palsy sufferer, has been cared for at the Gosforth hospice, so she decided to take on the Peru trek challenge to show her gratitude.
Annabel, of Ashington, said: “I have supported St Oswald’s for a number of years to thank them for the fantastic care my son received at their children’s service before moving into full-time care in 2010.
“The short-stay care service meant I was able to do all sorts of things I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to do, and he had an absolutely wonderful time there.”
The St Oswald’s Peru trek team has hiked from Salkantay to Machu Picchu to take part in a community project due to continue into next week.
Before setting off, Annabel said: “I’m really looking forward to the views and visiting the school project in the Sacred Valley.
“I’ve managed to raise over £3,000 so far, thanks to so many people’s generosity.
“I’ve held a school fun day and a silent disco, and, thanks to my outdoor fitness preparation for the trek, I’ve been able to save my gym membership for the last nine months and put it into the fundraising pot.
“The team all feel incredibly lucky and excited to be going for such a good cause.
“We all have photos of special people to take with us so they can be with us at the top. I will be taking one of my wonderful son Thomas.”
To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/Annabel-Littlewood0
Zoe Mulvenna, a fundraiser at St Oswald’s, said: “We’re really excited for the team taking on this overseas challenge.
“We rely on donations and fundraising events to help us to continue our work with children, young people and adults in the north east, and we are very grateful for the team’s energy and enthusiasm in their fundraising and preparation for the trek.”