Couple to tackle Machu Picchu for charity

10th Oct 2012

A Malvern couple are combining a 40th birthday with a bid to raise £6,500 for charity by trekking to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru.

Paul Rostance, 39, and Kathryn Scully, 32, will be flying out to South America in November to raise money for Acorns Children's Hospice with a trek to the mysterious city high in the Andes mountains.

The pair decided to make the voyage to Peru to celebrate Mr Rostance's 40th birthday in October. He had been reading a novel which tells of the search for an ancient manuscript in Peru. The book is called The Celestine Prophecy.

"That got me interested in Peru, so when the chance came up to visit Machu Picchu, we jumped at it," said Mr Rostance, before adding "We wanted to do something special, and we'd already taken part in a Santa Run in Walsall for Acorns, and then we heard that Acorns was organising this trip to Machu Picchu."

He went on to say the trip would be "hard work", but added they're anticipating soaking up the views and "special atmosphere of the city".

Already the couple have been training by walking on the Malvern Hills.

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