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The Peru Tri X Challenge

In September 2014, WFAC's Managing Director Simon Chorlton and Senior Manager James Llewellyn travelled to the Peruvian Andes to undertake the Peru Tri X Challenge, raising vital funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

You can read a daily blog on their journey here:

During the challenge the guys travelled to the rafting capital of Peru, where they experienced Class II and III rapids rafting on the Urubamba River, for a total of three hours.

They then moved to the mountain biking trails in Umasbamba, that pass spectacular Inca ruins and Andean villages, where they completed a bike riding challenge at altitude with an almost 4km climb. Two days of cycling over 100km made up this element of the challenge.

Their challenge then finished with a tough, breath-taking trek along the legendary Inca Trail from Ollantaytambo to Cachita – a trek, along dirt tracks of around 8 hours in length, followed the next day by another 8 hour trek to Machu Picchu.

The challenge according to the guys was definitely not for the faint hearted and in total Simon and James raised over £12,000 for Marie Curie during the process. To help the guys achieve their total, our staff at We Fight Any Claim donated the money from Dress Down Fridays during 2014 to this cause. All monies raised for Marie Curie assist patients and families in their most needy times. Each £20 raised provides one hour of specialist care by a Marie Curie Nurse allowing terminally ill patients to be cared for in their own homes, which many prefer to happen.

In addition, nine Marie Curie Hospices across the UK provide expert care and the best quality of life for people with terminal illnesses.

Marie Curie are the biggest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS, and they are expanding outpatient and day services at all hospices. Their hospices reached 7,897 people in 2012-13.

There are Marie Curie Hospices in Belfast, Bradford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hampstead (London), Liverpool, Newcastle, Penarth (near Cardiff), and Solihull.

Further to these services, Marie Curie Cancer Care is a leader in research into the best ways of caring for people with terminal illnesses, and how care could be improved in the future. They have their own research teams, and they fund external research programmes.

What is vital to remember however is that all of their services are always free to patients and their families, thanks to the generous support of the public. They fund their nursing services and hospices in 50/50 partnership with the NHS, and that is why the guys have decided to undertake this challenge to raise these funds! Do support them and support Marie Curie by making a donation if you can!

Raising For Money for Marie Curie