Hospice benefits from Andes trek

A CHILDREN'S hospice charity is set to benefit to the tune of nearly £5,000 thanks to the trekking exploits of an Ipswich woman.Jenna Saulter, 27, has recently returned from a trip to Peru where she joined 21 other adventure seekers in walking through the Andes.

A CHILDREN'S hospice charity is set to benefit to the tune of nearly £5,000 thanks to the trekking exploits of an Ipswich woman.

Jenna Saulter, 27, has recently returned from a trip to Peru where she joined 21 other adventure seekers in walking through the Andes.

The recruitment consultant, who grew up in Trimley St Martin but now lives in Portman Road, spent several months raising as much money as possible for East Anglia's Childrens Hospices (EACH).

She held a ball at Felixstowe Labour Club which included a charity auction and raised £2,600 and also received donations from family, friends and businesses, including her Ipswich employers Pure Resourcing Solutions.

She has raised just under £4,800 and is hopeful of hitting the £5,000 mark.

Miss Saulter is now back home and said: “The trip was amazing.

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“We camped in a little mountain community and the scenery was absolutely stunning.”

But while being spectacular on the scenery front, the trip was no picnic, Miss Saulter said.

“We hiked up to 4,500 metres and when you go over 4,000 metres it gets a bit difficult. I got a bit sick but some people were affected really badly,” she said.

And the ten-day trip, which ended with a visit to the Incan city of Machu Picchu, was not without its other hiccups. The shambles at Heathrow's long-awaited but trouble-plagued Terminal 5 resulted in the group having to fly to Peru via New York and Miami.

That cut down on their acclimatisation time and was also made worse by the fact that bags belonging to two trekkers were lost in the chaos with the baggage handling systems.

Donations in aid of EACH can still be made by visiting www.justiving.com/jenperutrip.