Albania beckons for hospice trekkers

FRANCIS House Children’s Hospice is seeking adventurous walkers to sign up for an unforgettable overseas trip and help raise funds to support children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

Gill Bevin, David Ireland and Judith Ireland

The charity, which supports hundreds of families across Saddleworth, Oldham and Greater Manchester, is hoping to fill the last few places.

The trek to the ‘Accursed Mountains of Albania’ will take place from September 6-14 and is the fourth global challenge organised by the hospice.

The challenging trip will involve five full days of adventurous trekking, taking in breathtaking and remote mountain panoramas while hiking between simple guesthouse accommodations in traditional mountain villages.

A group of 16 enthusiastic hikers have already signed up, with eight from Oldham including the Rev David Ireland, Chief Executive of Francis House, who lives in Dobcross.

“Francis House is all about helping people live life to the full regardless of ability,” he said.

“The trek has proved that people of all ages can achieve great things both for their own health and for Francis House.

“Everyone who has walked with us in the past has been appreciative of the team spirit and mutual support.

Trekking in the Albania Mountains

“The trek will be a unique experience and we’d love to hear from anyone who is looking for a memorable and rewarding adventure.”

Previous trips to Jordan, Morocco and Iceland have raised a staggering £112,000 in sponsorship.

The Albania trip costs £1,124 per person including flights, accommodation, meals and tour leaders.

In addition, everyone taking part is asked to raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship.

To find out more call the hospice on 0161 443 2200 or visit www.francishouse.org.uk/trek-albania/

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