Charity trekkers will help feed families in East Durham by heading up the Inca Trail

Lisa and David Rooks who are to take part in the Inca Trail. Picture by FRANK REID
Lisa and David Rooks who are to take part in the Inca Trail. Picture by FRANK REID

AN intrepid husband and wife are set for the adventure of a lifetime – while raising money to help families on the breadline.

Lisa and David Rooks will set out on the epic 35-mile Inca Trail, in Peru, next month.

The couple are being sponsored to raise money while on the trip for East Durham Trust’s Food Emergency East Durham (FEED) food parcel project, to pay for food.

Lisa, 32, works as FEED project co-ordinator at the trust and has been so touched by the plight of East Durham families struggling to survive amid savage cuts and welfare reforms, she and her husband decided to go the extra mile.

It comes after the Star reported last month that the FEED scheme has hit an “all-time peak”, with 79 food hand-outs dispatched each week, and the weekly figure expected to reach triple figures by the end of the year.

The trip will see the couple trekking across the Andes and into the jungle.

Lisa, who started with the trust as a volunteer a few months ago, but is now temporary FEED project co-ordinator, said: “Working in this role has definitely opened my eyes.

“I was aware people were using the FEED service, but not of the extent and the amount of people.

“It’s absolutely amazing that people actually rely on things like this or end up in these situations where they need a food parcel.”

The four-day trail, from June 13, will see Lisa and David, a 35-year-old merchant seaman, start out in the city of Cusco, in south-eastern Peru.

This takes in views over the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, Andean towns, and the Inca town of Ollantaytambo.

They will continue to Piscacucho, for the start of the 35-mile hike, starting with a gentle climb, with views of Mount Veronica and passing by Willkaraccay and Tayaroc before arriving at Wayllabamba.

Anyone wanting to sponsor Lisa and David can call the trust on (0191) 5693511 or visit