Friends climb an ancient wonder of the world, raising thousands for their local adult hospice.

Dave Teesdale and Mike Broaders, who both work in Sainsburys Llandudno, decided to do something different to raise funds for St David’s Hospice. In May this year, together they took on the Inca Trail Trek, Peru – one of the New Seven Wonders of the world.

The challenge begun in the Inca Capital of Cusco – a fascinating city, full of colonial charm, hidden deep in the Andes Mountains. At an altitude of 3,300m, the first day was spent acclimatising by taking a trek around the famous Inca sites surrounding Cusco.

The classic Inca Trail encompasses three high mountain passes – the highest being 4,200m. The four day trek is known to be tough and a test for many walkers. But efforts are rewarded with the sight of Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate, mirrored with breath-taking views across the Andes.

Speaking about their experience, Dave,41 of Old Colwyn and Mike, 47 of Llandudno Junction said:

“The experience that we had in Peru was amazing and if it wasn’t for the Hospice, we would never have got the opportunity.

“The trek was challenging but worth it to see the most amazing scenery and the beautiful country of Peru ending with the visit to Machu Picchu.

“There were some really challenging days of climbing, with over 4,200m along the Inca Trail followed by steep climbs down steps carved into the rocks. The camping was also hard with 5am starts so a good night’s sleep was essential.

“We would encourage anyone who is thinking of doing an international challenge for the hospice to do it, they would love it.

“Getting to meet new friends and seeing an amazing country with the bonus of fundraising for a great cause of St David’s Hospice made it so worthwhile.

“We hope the funds raised helps to continue the amazing care and respect that the hospice gives to patients and their families at such an important time in their lives.”

Dave and Mike raised an outstanding £7,063.44 for St David’s Hospice.

St David’s Hospice is a local charity providing free specialist end-of-life care to adult patients across Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey, living with life-limiting illnesses.

James Wilde, Conwy Area Fundraiser for St David’s Hospice, said,

“Hearing how much Dave and Mike enjoyed their time in Peru and seeing their fantastic pictures is so great to see. Despite the early morning starts and gruelling walking days they conquered the challenge and I look forward to having them be part of another challenge soon.

“Their dedication to St David’s Hospice through their consistent fundraising and the money they’ve raised, will make a massive difference to both patients and their families here at St David’s Hospice.”

For further information about St David’s Hospice and the fundraising events calendar for 2022 please go to: www.stdavidshospice.org.uk

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