Gruelling Machu Picchu trek to help feed needy

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A HARDY husband and wife’s gruelling trek on an epic trail is helping to feed hard-up East Durham families.

Lisa and David Rooks completed the demanding 35-mile Inca Trail, in Peru, and raised more than £500 in sponsorship.

The hard-earned money is now being used to fund food parcels for East Durham Trust’s Food Emergency East Durham (FEED) project.

Lisa, 32, a co-FEED project co-ordinator and Cree project co-ordinator at the trust, said: “It was really hard-going and very challenging but well worth doing.

“It was a massive challenge and we were completely exhausted at the end.

“Reaching Dead Woman’s Pass was a high point – managing that was a goal in itself – I managed to take 12 steps and then had to pause to take a breath because of the altitude.”

The trust, which is based at Community House, in Yoden Road, Peterlee, is dispatching around 80 food hand-outs a week to needy people, particularly those affected by savage budget cuts and welfare reforms.

Lisa, who completed the trail with merchant seaman David, 35, over four days in the Andes and in the jungle, said: “That’s one thing that kept us going – thinking of all the good we were doing and how it is helping so many people across East Durham.”

Trust chief executive Malcolm Fallow said: “It’s particularly heart-warming in this day and age to see someone take the time and effort to support people less fortunate than themselves.”

There is still time to sponsor the couple, by logging on to