Peru trek challenge for adventure seeker
A 25-year-old adventurer from Glemsford is swapping pints for Machu Picchu when she takes on a 27 mile trek for Action Against Hunger this month.
Emily Newton will join a team of 18 students for the 16-day experience after raising almost £3,000 for the charity through a series of local events.
She said: “It still doesn’t feel real but I’m really excited, it’s going to be such an eye-opening experience to visit the tribes and see the native animals.
“I’ve always loved travel, I took part in an eight day trek in Morocco when I was in college and that made me want to tick off all the continents.”
She will set out on her challenge on August 22, when she will fly to Lima, Peru, to start two days of altitude training and preparation before starting out on the trek.
The group will not only be hiking further than a marathon distance, but they will be climbing 5,000ft above sea level during the six-day trek, arriving at Machu Picchu for sunrise on the final day.
Miss Newton said: “I’m apprehensive about the altitude but I’ve been biking, swimming and walking to work to prepare.
“I already had most of my kit from when I did the Morocco trek which was lucky, I’m really looking forward to my adventure for this year.”
She added: “I’m really looking forward to meeting the people when I go on the trek. In Morocco that was my favourite part.
“The children were just amazing and you could tell you were doing some good just by being there.”
She signed up to do the trek with a friend who studies at the University of Portsmouth and is looking forward to taking on her second charity challenge.
Working in The George Pub at Cavendish, Miss Newton has spent the last year fundraising by holding pamper nights, cake sales, car boot sales and even organising a charity football match at Delphi Football Ground with the help of her brother.
She said: “My brother plays football so he organised one team and I had to find a team to play against them, it was good fun.”
She added: “I put up sponsor forms in the pub and must have had about £700 from that alone, I was on my fourth form when I reached my target.
“I’m really grateful for all of my sponsors, I can’t wait to get back and tell them all about the experience.”
The money raised from the expedition will go to Action Against Hunger, an international charity that works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water.
If you would like to sponsor Emily, go to https://port smouthmachupicchu.everydayhero.com/uk/emily