Trekkers to tackle Albanian Alps in aid of Francis House Children’s Hospice

A GREENFIELD woman is pulling on her walking boots for a trek in the Albanian Alps to help raise much-needed funds for Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Gill McCulley

Gill McCulley is one of a team heading out for the challenge between September 7-15, which will include five full days of adventurous trekking.

Other local trekkers include Dr Andrew Taylor (Chairman of GGRA and Trustee of Francis House), Rev David Ireland (CEO of Francis House) and his wife Judith, Helen Gorton, Janice Guest, Sharron Pollitt and June Allingan.

Sponsorship money raised will go to Francis House, which provides free care to children and young adults with life threatening or limiting medical conditions.

Gill, who aims to raise £1,000, said: “I’m putting on my walking boots again to help Francis House by trekking in the Albanian Alps, an unspoilt wilderness of magnificent snow-capped peaks, gorges, lakes and dense forests, dotted with tiny stone-built hamlets that have changed little in years.

“I’ll enjoy breath-taking and remote mountain panoramas while hiking between simple guesthouse accommodations in traditional mountain villages.

“I’d be very grateful if you’re able to spare a few pounds to sponsor me and help support Francis House in their important work.”

The group will follow shepherds’ paths up to elevations of more than 2,000m over remote mountain passes, through pine forests and alpine valleys.

The trek is the fourth global challenge organised by the hospice, with previous trips to Jordan, Morocco and Iceland raising £112,000 in sponsorship.

Francis House receives very little government funding and needs to raise 4.7 million each year to keep its doors open. They are presently supporting more than 550 families from all over the North West.

Support Gill and Francis House by donating on her Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gillmcculley

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