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Trek To Peru Raises Much Needed Funds For The Child Brain Injury Trust

Partner, Jennifer Cawthorne and business development manager, Lynne Carrick-Leary bravely took on the Lares Trail in Peru to raise money for a cause close to their hearts. Here we find out more about their amazing journey.

Having walked the Great Wall of China only two years ago, Jennifer and Lynne were looking for their next challenge, and set their sights on the Lares Trail in Peru.

Digging out their hiking boots, the pair spent the weeks and months ahead of the challenge practising all over the North West including the Peak and Lake District in some rather challenging weather. But this was nothing compared to the challenge of walking at altitude which lay ahead of them in South America.

The trek took them to the heady altitude of 4,625m above sea level where they walked for up to 10 hours a day. This was no luxury trip as they had to camp for three nights in the Andes where it reached a chilly -10°C.

The trek was a huge success, with Jennifer and Lynne smashing their initial fundraising target to raise £6,300 for the Child Brain Injury Trust.

The national charity not only provides vital support to young people and children affected by brain injuries, but also offers advice and support to families as they attempt to come to terms with what has happened and the uncertainty such issues can create.

Looking back on the experience, Jennifer said: “We had a truly amazing time exploring Peru and the trek was easily one of the hardest things that either of us have ever done with early starts and very long, physically demanding days.

“However, we were spurred on by the fact that we were doing it to support such an amazing charity. The Child Brain Injury Trust is an organisation which we are so proud to have strong links to, with its work changing so many lives up and down the country.

“Our fellow trekkers and the support crew were all fantastic and the whole trip was simply something that we will never ever forget.”

Lynne also shared her thoughts on the trip of a lifetime: “We walked the Great Wall of China two years ago, and after that it was a matter of finding the next big challenge. Having completed the Lares Trail, I am so thrilled we laced up the walking boots again.

“I am so proud of the amount we raised for such a deserving cause and a massive thank you for the generosity of everyone who kindly sponsored us to make a real difference to those benefitting from the Child Brain Injury Trust’s services.”

Lisa Turan, CEO of the Child Brain Injury Trust said: “We are so very grateful that Jennifer and Lynne decided to take on this massive challenge to raise funds for the charity. The Child Brain Injury Trust relies completely on fundraising to provide services to children and families in England and Wales. We rely on the generosity of others to provide our vital services to help children whose lives are devastated when brain injury strikes. The training that both ladies committed to before the challenge was a feat in itself and we thank them both wholeheartedly for their unwavering support.”

You can find out more about the work of the Child Brain Injury Trust at: childbraininjurytrust.org.uk

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