‘Unforgettable!’ Angela remembered on Machu Picchu trek

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

– Local People

by Tim ChapmanGEM Reporter


A Barry woman travelled all the way to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu to raise funds for Cancer Research Wales and in memory of her late sister.

Christine Biddlecombe told The GEM the trek along the Inca trail was an unforgettable experience which was dedicated to her much loved sister Angela Birner.

Angela (65) died in February this year and was well known in Barry having lived in the town all her life.

Christine said: “I decided to go on a charity trek for Angela and to raise as much money as I could for Cancer Research Wales.

“One of my main fundraising events was a ‘Tamla Motown Soul Night’ held in Barry at which friends and family gathered to remember a much-loved woman, in the process raising over £2,000.

“The trek was to Machu Picchu in Peru, one of the new ‘Seven Wonders of the World’.

“We trekked for five days along the historic Inca trail, passing through the most incredible scenery – snow-capped glaciers, sub-tropical vegetation, historic Inca sites and lots of Llamas!

“The highlight for me was going through the ‘Sun Gate’ and the amazing first view of Machu Piccu, the lost city of the Incas, and the local people we met, with their open hearts and a love of their country.

“In total, I raised £4,200, but as a group we raised over £125,000 – all to help provide better treatment for cancer sufferers right here in Wales.

Christine added: “It was an unforgettable experience in memory of an irreplaceable sister.”

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