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Suffolk woman looks for love in jungle

PUBLISHED: 22:15 25 June 2005 | UPDATED: 05:57 02 March 2010

A MARTLESHAM woman is hoping that love will blossom in the Peru jungle as she raises money for a cancer charity.

Tina Cheshire, 46 of Chandos Road, persuaded the man she had dated for only a week to follow her round the globe in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

A MARTLESHAM woman is hoping that love will blossom in the Peru jungle as she raises money for a cancer charity.

Tina Cheshire, 46 of Chandos Road, persuaded the man she had dated for only a week to follow her round the globe in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The sports and beauty therapist was originally taking only Paddington Bear with her on a trip to his native Peru.

But John Levis, also 46, of St Benedicts Road, Brandon, was convinced to join her when he heard that he could combine an adventurous expedition with helping cancer patients.

The sports enthusiast who plays badminton squash said he wanted to do whatever he could for charity.

Ms Cheshire, a beauty therapist, will lead Paddington and Mr Levis along the Inca trail for a week-long hike.

The couple met earlier this year after dancing together at a ceroc class.

Ms Chesire said: "He was easy to persuade.

"We'd both been having a tough time in our personal lives, emotionally, but I decided to do something and not to mope around any more.

"As a result of starting to raise money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care, my life has completely changed."

Ms Cheshire resolved to walk the Inca trail after watching actor Brian Blessed on television as he led a group of fundraisers along the same South American route in March.

She was initially inspired by caring for her friend, Margaret, who lost her battle with cancer two years ago.

The trekkers hope to make a video diary of Paddington Bear's journey across the Andes mountain range to the lost city of Machu Picchu and the historical valley of the Incas.

Ms Cheshire said: "I remembered from my childhood that Paddington Bear comes from Peru and I thought he might like to return for a visit."

Paddington and his two fellow trekkers are all training together over the summer, although they plan to practise somewhere more mountainous than Suffolk.

Ms Cheshire is covering her own flight and accommodation costs, and family members have given generously to pay for the equipment she will need.

To raise sponsorship money, a dance is being held at Martlesham Squash Club on 2 July, with two singers and a buffet prepared by Ms Cheshire herself.

Tickets are being sold from the club for £8, contributing to the £2500 that Marie Curie Cancer Care have asked each of the hikers to raise.

Ms Cheshire and Mr Levis are leaving for Peru on 28 September.


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