Charity trek in aid of St Catherine’s
The managing director of The Lancashire magazine completed a mountain trek adventure to raise cash for St Catherine’s Hospice.
Joanne Geddes scaled Mount Toubkal – the highest peak in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, which stands at an incredible 4,167 metres.
She was part of a 14-strong group raising cash for various regional charities, and collected an amazing £1,000 to support the work of St Catherine’s.
Over the course of their trek, the team battled gale force winds and soaring temperatures of more than 40 degrees, while also coping with barren conditions and the ever-increasing altitude.
But despite the challenges, Joanne said it had been an incredible experience.
“The views from the top were spectacular,” she said.
“It was a very proud and emotional moment reaching the top – we were able to reflect and enjoy the moment, before beginning the descent.
“There was a great camaraderie and a wonderful sense of achievement when we arrived back at our base camp some eight hours later.”
Joanne has now visited the hospice at Lostock Hall to hand over the proceeds.
She added: “I was thrilled to hand over the cheque to St Catherine’s – a much-loved Lancashire charity which provides such important support for patients living with terminal conditions and their families.”
She and her fellow trekkers are already planning their next adventure – although this time it will be a little closer to home.
Next year they will complete the Three Peaks Challenge – climbing the three highest mountains in the UK in just 24 hours.
And you can still sponsor Joanne in her Morocco trek by clicking here:www.justgiving.com/joanne-geddes0.
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