A BEAUTY therapist from St Helens says she will be only too happy to “rough it” on a gruelling once-in-a-lifetime charity trek.
But before taking on Peru’s famous Inca Trail, Kay Burns must first hit her daunting fundraising target.
The 44-year-old needs to raise at least £3,200 for the children’s charity Action Medical Research before taking on the mountainous trek next spring.
She said: “I’ve always wanted to take on a big fund-raising challenge and had been thinking about trekking along the Great Wall of China. But when I spotted an advert to trek to Machu Picchu for such a worthy children’s charity, I jumped at the chance. It’s one of the wonders of the world.
“I’m under no illusions – it’s going to be incredibly hard.
“It’s a 10-day trip and we’re going to be trekking for eight to 10 hours every day, at altitude. In fact, I did a skydive a couple of years ago and some of the peaks are even higher than the 12,000ft I jumped from!”
Action Medical Research is a children’s charity dedicated to improving the health of babies and young children in the UK.
For almost 60 years, it has been behind numerous breakthroughs such as the UK polio vaccine, ultrasound scanning in pregnancy, and, more recently, the foetal heart rate monitor.
The charity, which relies entirely on donations, is also commissioning research aimed at reducing the number of premature births.
Kay’s challenge, set to take place next May, will see her start in the heart of the Urubamba Valley before following in the footsteps of the Incas, passing snow capped mountains and glacial peaks. She will complete her trek at the lost city of Machu Picchu, Peru’s most famous Inca ruin.
To sponsor Kay, go online at: www.action.org.uk/sponsor/kayburns