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Four Skelton Boys to brave the Inca Trail

Craig Holmes, Jordan Wnek, Darren Smithingale and Stacy Dolden will be embarking on an adventure of a lifetime when they pack their bags and fly off to Peru to complete the Machu Picchu Inca Trail Trek in April 2015, to raise funds for The Institute of Cancer Research.

Craig Holmes, Stacy Dolden and Darren Smitheringale  with Sheila Thompson, who shaved her head to raise funds at one of their recent Peru Trek fundraising events.
Craig Holmes, Stacy Dolden and Darren Smitheringale with Sheila Thompson, who shaved her head to raise funds at one of their recent Peru Trek fundraising events.

The four friends from New Skelton, Cleveland decided to take on this amazing challenge, as they all have close family members or friends who have been affected by cancer and are passionate about the need to fund cancer research and want to make a difference.

The group’s leader Craig Holmes says: “I have organised the fundraising activities for the group as I recently lost my mum to cancer, and the effects on my family and friends have been devastating. We are a very close family and the loss has deeply affected us all. We have also just lost one of our friends to testicular cancer at the age of 36 which made us really want to raise funds for this vital research.”

Jordan Wnek says: “We are taking on this challenge to raise funds for The ICR because each one of our families, has been touched by this horrible disease. After recently becoming a father, I want to do everything I can to protect my daughters future. If our challenge helps fund research that leads to a cure for cancer, she will not have to experience the suffering and loss it causes.”

The group has set themselves a fantastic target of £15,000 to raise for the ICR’s work and they are well on their way to reaching this through online donations and organising fundraising events.

To support the team, visit their Just Giving page.

If you are inspired by this story and would like to take on the Machu Picchu Inca Trail or any other challenge to raise funds for our research, please see our Sports and Challenges page for event listings throughout 2015 and 2016.

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