Inca Trek challenge for hospice

TREK CASH: Steve Burnhill and his mother with Kirkwood Hospice workers Sarah Wright and Elaine Gill.
TREK CASH: Steve Burnhill and his mother with Kirkwood Hospice workers Sarah Wright and Elaine Gill.

A Liversedge man tackled a tough challenge in Peru to raise funds for Kirkwood Hospice.

Steve Burnhill, 52, took on the Inca Trail Challenge and accrued a staggering £17,500 for Kirkwood Hospice in memory of his father Roger.

The owner of Aberford-based company Northern Game Feeds took on the Inca Trail trek with a group of fellow fundraisers.

Marking the 12-month anniversary of his father’s death, Steve, along with a friend, set off on the Peruvian trek, which concludes at Machu Picchu.

Reaching high altitudes and walking over miles of tough terrain, the team, joined by Sherpas who helped cook and set up camp for the group, completed the challenge in just five days.

Steve, whose appetite is already whetted for another challenge, took part in the walk as part of an organised trip, with walkers raising money for various charities.

Steve said: “My friend was bought the challenge as a Christmas present from his wife. We thought it tied in nicely with dad’s anniversary and that it would be a great opportunity to try and raise some money for the Hospice, so I decided to join him.

“The trek was tough. We went to about 15,300 feet, which is high when you don’t have much time to acclimatise. But it was a really great experience with a great group in such a special, special place.”

Kirkwood lottery manager Dawn Walker, who attended a cheque presentation with Steve, said: “This challenge was an admirable task to undertake and Steve can feel very proud knowing what a huge impact his money will have for those with life-limiting illnesses across Kirklees.

“From all of us here at the hospice, thank you.”