Hiking challenge ahead for charitable Debbie

Debbie Birkin who is doing a South American trek for three charities.
Debbie Birkin who is doing a South American trek for three charities.

A hiking enthusiast from Ilkeston has organised a series of charity events including a once-in-a-lifetime trek in Peru.

Debbie Birkin, along with 15 work colleagues, will be trekking to Machu Picchu, Peru, one of the new seven wonders of the world.

The 39-year-old signed up to take part in the challenge to raise money for three charities. They are the Teenage Cancer Trust, The Alzheimer’s Society and Prostate Cancer UK.

She told the Advertiser: “I wanted to get involved in something that would really push me and change my life. I can’t think of anything better than creating a unique experience whilst having the opportunity to help others - it’s a win-win situation.”

The hike is being funded by IT company Computacenter, where Debbie works as a database administrator. The company will match donations to boosting the fundraising efforts.

In the run up to the ten-day challenge, which takes place in October, Debbie, of Grey Meadow Road also organised a charity exercise day which was held on Saturday.

She plans on spending the next few months training for the trek.

She said: “I’ve always enjoyed exercise but the next few months are going to be testing. I hope other people will get sweating - or just donate. Every little helps.”

To donate log onto virginmoneygiving.com/DebbieBirkin