Trekking funds pay for hours of cancer nursing

Boots at the ready, Abby Campbell heads for the Himalayas
Boots at the ready, Abby Campbell heads for the Himalayas

Marie Curie nurse Abby Campbell will leave her Todmorden home on January 20 for 10 days trekking in Nepal to raise vital funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Abby, who is 43 and works at the Bradford Marie Curie Hospice, has raised £3,000 to take part in the Nepal Himalayas trek.

She is a keen walker and wanted to do a significant challenge.

At times, Abby will be climbing up to 3,270 metres, walking up to six hours a day with the possibility of altitude sickness to deal with.

She will make her own way down to London Heathrow where she will meet the other 35 trekkers from around the country who have collectively raised a staggering £120,000 to help Marie Curie continue to care for patients and their families both at home and in their nine hospices. From there, they will fly out together to Kathmandu, Nepal.

Sharon Link, community fundraiser at the Bradford hospice, said: “We are extremely grateful to the people doing the Nepal Trek for Marie Curie and we wish everyone good luck - £20 raised pays for an hours nursing care so our trekkers have raised enough to cover 6000 hours which is tremendous.

“Marie Curie cares for anyone with a terminal illness and their families, free of charge. If anyone wants to take part in a challenge for Marie Curie, please visit our website at https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved for further information or to sign up.”