A Windle couple helped to raise more than £15,000 for charity by completing a once-in-a-lifetime trek to the Peruvian lost city Machu Picchu.
Nick and Karen Jacobs, of Windle Hall Drive, were among a 20-strong team, including The Only Way is Essex star Kirk Norcross, who climbed their way to the remote Inca site - which is some 7,970 feet above sea level.
Nick, 49, and Karen, 50, completed the epic challenge on behalf of Sport Relief and the ADHD Foundation.
Karen, a trustee with the charity, said: “It was one of the most gruelling and rewarding challenges I have ever undertaken in my life. So many of us suffered from terrible altitude sickness before even setting off on the climb and seven of our group had to come down from the mountain for medical treatment throughout the four-day trek.
“At some points, particularly when we reached the rainforest, we had to battle through cloud and torrential rain. Then at other points, the sun was scorching which made climbing uphill a real challenge!”
She added: “Reaching the top and taking in the most breathtaking views from the Inca Sun Gate was indescribable though, and knowing that we were raising money for such a worthwhile cause really helped to spur us on when the going got tough.”
The ADHD Foundation charity was set up in 2007 to support children, young people and their families living with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Fellow climber Tony Lloyd, the acting CEO of the ADHD Foundation, said: “The sense of camaraderie on the trek was brilliant and although the Inca Trail was very tough at times, we had so much fun from the moment we got off the plane to the moment we landed back in Manchester.
“We are incredibly grateful to Nick and Karen and the people from St Helens who sponsored them. We are also delighted by the support from Kirk and the rest of the team for helping to raise awareness of who we are and what we do.”
Gilly Green, head of UK Grants at Comic Relief, said: “Climbing Macchu Picchu is no mean feat, so we are extremely grateful to Nick, Karen and the rest of the team, for completing the challenge and for donating some of their fundraising to Sport Relief.
“The money raised will help change the lives of people across the UK and abroad.”