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No. 8406

David's Peru Adventure In Memory of Wife

 

 Relishing Inca Trek Challenge

 

A WIDOWER is getting set to conquer one of the seven wonders of the world in memory of his late wife. David Richards will begin training for his September trek to Machu Picchu after Christmas, and is hoping to raise as much money as possible for research into the disease that took the life of his wife Rosemary. The father-of two, who also has two grandchildren, will have eight days next autumn to complete his journey on foot to the ancient Inca ruins in Peru, which sit 2,430 metres above sea level. The trek itself will cover 4,600 metres over steep and rugged terrain, but the plucky 72-year says he is determined to complete it. He said: "The more I talk to people about the trip the more excited I get about it. "It will be tough - it will be a real challenge but it will be worth it if I can raise money for a good cause." "

 

David Richards

 

The Gateway resident hopes to raise "5,000 for Parkinson's UK, which will go towards research to help find a cure for the degenerative disease, which attacks the nervous system. Mr Richards and his wife Rosemary would have been celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year, but she died three years ago after what retired engineer buyer Mr Richards described as a particularly difficult period of his life. He said: "The last nine years were not a marriage as such. "You can't call it a marriage if you don't live with your wife or husband, and Rosemary was in a home.The last few years were really hard, as she wasn't really my wife any more. She couldn't feed herself and struggled to speak. " Mr Richards will be 73 when he takes on the Inca Trek with Parkinson's UK, and is keen to build up as much support as possible. He has already raised "756 towards his target, and will be organising coffee mornings and evening talks in the run-up to his adventure. " If you want to sponsor Mr Richards, pledges can be sent to him at 210 The Gateway, Marine Parade, Dover CT16 ILL.

 

Report and photo reproduced by kind permission of Adam Westgarth, The Dover Express.

 

 

 

 

 

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