Two brothers are preparing themselves for what could be their toughest challenge yet as they line up their latest charity trek.
Richard and Nick Parker, from Easington, have raised about £18,000 between them over recent years for Macmillan Cancer Support, in memory of their mum Gillian, who died from breast cancer in 1984.
A friend of mine did it in May, and they said it was the hardest thing they had ever done in their lifeRichard Parker
Among their challenges was a 100-mile, week-long hike along the Great Wall of China last year, but now they are taking on potentially an even tougher task.
In early September, they will travel to Peru to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, with the seven-day challenge set to include relentless and steep climbs on narrow trails, with the maximum altitude at 4,200 metres above sea level.
Brothers Richard, 45, and Nick, 38, will be joined on the trek by friends Craig Mordue, 27, and Steven Auston, 44, of Easington, and Chris Walls, 34, of Houghton.
Funds raised will be split evenly between Macmillan and the Alzheimer’s Society, with the brothers hoping their overall figure will top £20,000.
Richard, who is also a volunteer for Macmillan, said: “Trekking the Great Wall of China was a sobering and life-changing experience, and I decided to continue raising money after that. This is our latest challenge, and it’s going to be at altitude, which means the air will be a lot thinner.
“I suffer from asthma a little bit, so it will be a particularly tough challenge for me for that reason.
“A friend of mine did it in May, and they said it was the hardest thing they had ever done in their life, which wasn’t what I wanted to hear.
“I’ve done a lot of training, though, to build up my lung capacity.
“We’re hoping we’ll raise enough money to take us to the £20,000 mark overall, and we’ll support each other all the way.”
They could spend as much as 12 hours a day trekking.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/oneinagillian2 or www.justgiving.com/incatrailseptember2015