Lorry driver lends support to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's charity challenge
4:37pm Monday 2nd July 2012 in News
A lorry driver responded to a charity's call for support by climbing Peru's Machu Picchu and raising more than six times their goal.
Rich Malen, took four days to trek the world-famous Inca trail, raising £365 for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
He took up the challenge after the charity asked people in the county to try and raise £50 to support its work.
Rich, who works as a kerbside LGV driver for Hills Waste Solutions, said the trek was worth it knowing he helped the charity.
He said: "Four days with no hot water, limited washing and primitive toilet facilities, struggling with altitude sickness, heat and rain while carrying a 15 kilo backpack was worth it for the view, for the friends I made along the way and, most of all, for the money I raised for Wiltshire's wildlife."
His gruelling trek was rewarded with a break in fog which allowed him to appreciate the view.
He said: "As we approached Machu Picchu, the weather closed in with heavy fog. We were told that we may not be able to see much when we eventually arrived. Thankfully, about half an hour after we got there, the fog disappeared, the sun came out and the view made it absolutely worthwhile."
Michele Gard, membership and supporter manager for the trust, said: "We challenged residents of the county to raise £50 each to support our work, we never imagined that someone would undertake such a feat for us.
"On behalf of the trust, I would like to thank Rich for his sterling efforts."
The £50 Challenge is part of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's 50th anniversary celebrations.