Trekking to Patagonia for Marie Curie in 2022: an update

You might remember that I planned to trek Patagonia in 2020. Well now, the trek is taking place this year!

Can’t wait to swap the heels for hikes!

In November, we are trekking together for charity. We have chosen Marie Curie to help fund care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families.  It’s also a cause close to our hearts. Almost all of our grandparents have had terminal illnesses. Plus, my uncle passed away from secondary liver cancer in 2013 and Sam’s uncle is currently living with leukaemia.

An overseas challenge

The challenge consists of walking nearly 100km, trekking between 7-8 hours each day and camping along the way. Not to mention a fundraising target of a whopping £7,998! But we’re determined to help crucial caring services, research into terminal illness, and campaigning for better end of life care.

We’ve still got a way to go with fundraising. So please consider donating to us. It’s not going to be an easy or glamorous trip. But we’re both fit, motivated and want to help people living with a terminal illness make the most of the time they have left. If we can use our energy for a worthy cause, then we will!

Welsh settlers

The trek itself will follow the route of the original Welsh settlers in 1865, when around 160 people from various parts of Wales sailed from Liverpool aboard the Mimosa. They settled in the Chubut Valley in Southern Argentina, where a culturally vibrant Welsh-Argentinian population still thrives today in the heart of Patagonia.

We’ll be following in their footsteps and raising vitals funds for Marie Curie. So please donate today whatever you can afford via our JustGiving page.

Here’s an example of how your money will help:

£180 pays for someone with a terminal illness to attend the day therapy unit at the hospice.

£400 pays for someone to stay in a Marie Curie Hospice for 24 hours, so that they can receive the hands-on care they need in their final days.

£1,250 pays for a portable oxygen system that will relieve distressing symptoms, so a person doesn’t have to be confined to bed.

Thank you so much for reading and I look forward to updating you all with our progress!

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