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Erica Dudley and Sam Ricketts trekked to the top of Machu Picchu and raised over £6,300

2 Sep 2009

After their trek Erica and Sam told us:

We both successfully completed the whole Peru trek on foot climbing to heights of 4500m where the altitude makes it harder to breathe and causes symptoms such as headaches, and sickness.  On the way we wrestled with the elements; weather shifting from sun through snow, hail and torrential rain.  The scenery, and of course the fundraising, made these challenges worthwhile. The mountain-scapes were stunning and we passed through and camped in local villages, well away from the tourist trail, seeing how life is for Peruvian families living in the mountains. We felt truly privileged when we understood how different and challenging their way of life is.  We were lucky to be accompanied by a local archaeologist, particularly when we arrived at Machu Picchu, which is breath-taking and awe-inspiring.

"We feel strongly that reading and writing skills are key to achieving what you want to in life, and were lucky to be brought up in families that recognised the importance of developing these skills.  Now that reading and writing forms such a big part of our jobs, and we enjoy reading for pleasure, we decided we would like to support others to have the same opportunities."  Erica Dudley

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