A county woman has taken on a mammoth trek to raise funds for a charity close to her heart.
Pat Heard, from Falmouth Walk, Cramlington, has just returned from climbing Canadian Rockies to raise money for Newcastle’s Marie Curie Hospice, which cared for her husband two years ago and is now caring for her father.
Pat was joined by a team of trekkers who set off from Calgary and trekked north for five days.
“Despite it being 25 degrees the day before our arrival, it snowed for us and we got some amazing photographs and experiences in the mountains, and around the lakes,” she said.
“My favourite trek was at the Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia icefields.
“As well as trekking across the ice, we learned about climate change and how much the glacier is receding
“ Another highlight of the trek was seeing all the wildlife, especially elk, caribou, coyote and a Grizzly bear which I never expected to see.”
The total raised by the group so far stands at £100,000 with more still to come.
“It was the trip of a lifetime, and I am so pleased to have been able to take part and to help the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle,” she added.
“I have currently raised almost £6,000, although I am still fundraising, and receiving sponsorship, so anyone can still donate.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me and Marie Curie.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/pat-heard