Silloth pensioners set to “have an adventure before dementia”


A pair of pensioners will begin to trek the Inca Trail in Peru to raise money for Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) today (Apr 10). Friends, Margaret English, 66 and Tim Barker, 67, will trek to heights of 4,000 metres up in the Andes, over four days. The walkers, from Silloth, have named the trip their “Adventure Before Dementia” and have now set about raising as much money as possible for GNAAS. Margaret, a keen golfer, regularly spots GNAAS’ green and white aircraft flying overhead. Tim is an actor who has had roles in Emmerdale, Heartbeat and Calendar Girls. They will make the journey with GNAAS’ mascot, Miles The Bear, and photos from along the way will be published on social media over the course of the trip.  Vicky Hope, friend and supporter of the pair, said: “The whole community is proud of them; it’s something close to the whole community’s hearts.

A pair of pensioners will begin to trek the Inca Trail in Peru to raise money for Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) today (Apr 10).

Friends, Margaret English, 66 and Tim Barker, 67, will trek to heights of 4,000 metres up in the Andes, over four days.

The walkers, from Silloth, have named the trip their “Adventure Before Dementia” and have now set about raising as much money as possible for GNAAS.

Margaret, a keen golfer, regularly spots GNAAS’ green and white aircraft flying overhead.

Tim is an actor who has had roles in Emmerdale, Heartbeat and Calendar Girls.

They will make the journey with GNAAS’ mascot, Miles The Bear, and photos from along the way will be published on social media over the course of the trip. 

Vicky Hope, friend and supporter of the pair, said: “The whole community is proud of them; it’s something close to the whole community’s hearts. They are two lovely people and we wish them all the luck in the world.”

Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS, said: “This is a great challenge and we are immensely grateful to Margaret and Tim for taking this on in aid of the air ambulance.”

To follow their trek, visit their Facebook page click here.

To sponsor click here.

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