Sisters prepare for Inca Trail challenge

PUBLISHED: 07:06 25 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:08 31 May 2010

Dee Toombs with her walking boots - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Dee Toombs with her walking boots - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

VISTAS, blisters and an older sister are going to be three features of an Ickleton woman s once-in-a-lifetime experience when she treks the Peruvian Andes for charity. Tour consultant Dee Toombs will be leaving her job at NST Travel Group in Stapleford fo

VISTAS, blisters and an older sister are going to be three features of an Ickleton woman's once-in-a-lifetime experience when she treks the Peruvian Andes for charity.

Tour consultant Dee Toombs will be leaving her job at NST Travel Group in Stapleford for 11 days in May to hike along the Inca Trail to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The 46-year-old said: "In a moment, of madness, I decided to take on this trek, where I will travel up to heights of 4200 metres over all sorts of different types of terrain.

"The hike begins in lush forest filled with orchids and butterflies, before transforming into a series of extremely steep ascents and descents towards Machu Picchu."

Machu Picchu is the breathtaking ancient city of the Incas, nestled high in the Andean mountains.

Dee decided to take part in the trip after seeing several of her friends battle against cancer.

"I felt useless seeing my friends suffer with the disease and doing something like this seems like a really good way to actually do something to help," she said.

The Ickleton resident will be joined by her 53-year-old sister Becky Trainor on the demanding trip and is already training to ensure that her physical fitness is up to the task.

"Cancer Research UK have provided a four-month day-to-day training routine, it's all incredibly well organised and I would recommend taking part in one of their fundraising challenges to anyone," she said.

"I know it's going to be tough but I'm really looking forward to the physical challenge, and of course the beautiful scenery."

Dee, who has lived in Ickleton for seven years, will be saying goodbye to husband Mike and daughters Kelly, 18, and Tori, 15, when she sets off on May 13.

She has to raise £4000 in sponsorship to take part in the trip and to help her achieve this figure, a charity gig has been organised for this Saturday.

Local band Van Gogh's Ear will be performing at Huntsman on Hinxton Road, Duxford, at 7.30pm.

"The band have been absolutely brilliant," said Dee, "they've been very supportive, they really are a great bunch of lads and the music they'll be playing at the gig on Saturday will appeal to a lot of people."

Tickets for the gig are available from Duxford and Ickleton village shops and on the door, priced £10.

As well as the music, there will be a raffle on the night, all of the proceeds from which will go to Cancer Research UK.

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