Three girls from Hertfordshire are swapping their party dresses for anoraks and their clutches for rucksacks, as they fly 16 hours around the world to face the most challenging adventures of their lives for charity.
Chloe Randall, Rebecca Crawford and Emily Shotter are going to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for The Sick Childrenâ€™s Trust, to raise Â£5,000 for the charity that supported Chloe and Emilyâ€™s family.
Last September Chloeâ€™s nephew, Lorenzo, at just 12 days old, was rushed to Luton and Dunstable Hospital when he suddenly became ill. However within a few hours he was transferred to Addenbrookeâ€™s Hospital in Cambridge for specialised treatment. After extensive testing, Lorenzo was diagnosed with Group B Streptococcus (GBS), Meningitis and Septicemia.
Chloe said: â€œWhile Lorenzo was in hospital, my sister Nina and her husband, Gianni, used the charityâ€™s accommodation, Acorn House, for two weeks completely free of charge so they could remain close to Lorenzo during treatment.Â Cambridge is a good few hours away from our home in St Albans so to travel back and forth every day would have proved extremely stressful for them.
â€œHaving been through what we have and only recently knowing about the amazing work of the Sick Children’s Trust we would like to say thank you to the charity which supported us and Lorenzo. Without the dedicated people, who help provide a â€˜Home from Homeâ€™ for people like Nina and Gianni, it would have been a far greater horrendous experience without that small reassurance of having this service. I am sure the trek will be tough, but to do it for such a great cause with wonderful friends will be the inspiration we need to keep our legs going!â€
The three girls will take on the challenge between 21-30 October 2011.Â It will include a beautiful and remote four-day trek along the Lares Trail beginning in the ancient city of Cusco and leading to the Machu Picchu ruins.
Lydia Solomon, community fundraiser at The Sick Childrenâ€™s Trust added: â€œWe are happy to have been there to support Chloeâ€™s family when they needed it most.Â I wish them the best of luck with their trek and canâ€™t wait to hear all about their adventure.â€
You can support Chloeâ€™s challenge at www.justgiving.com/ChloeRebeccaEmily
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Photo caption: (L-R) Emily, Chloe and Rebecca prepare for their trek
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