Thousands raised by charity trek project

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A 40-MILE trek in Peru helped a Harrogate man raise money for Help the Hospices.

Martin Ibbetson walked nearly 140 miles for the charity early last year, before tackling the four-day trek through the Peruvian Andres to Machu Picchu.

He took up the challenge through Yorkshire Bank, where he works as assistant regional director, in aid of the company’s official charity, and was one of 20 people to tackle the trek.

Martin said: “Before the trek we spent two days helping build a classroom for a local infant school, digging foundations and laying cement by hand.

“It was a great way to acclimatise to the 4600m altitude and find out more about the community and how important the work of volunteers is.

“The trek itself was difficult, breath-taking and life-changing at the same time. I love walking and have also tackled the Great Wall of China, Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, Lyke Wake Walk and two Midnight Walks to help raise funds for this worthwhile cause.

“Before match funding, we have raised over £50,000 to date for the Help the Hospices partnership.”

The partnership was set up in 2008 to support more than 110 hospices around the country, including Saint Michael’s in Harrogate - which will receive more than £30,000 from the total. The company has raised £2m for the charity in the last four years.