Diss charity duo set sights on community project in Peru

Anne Beckett-Allen and Sandra Rackham ANL-150601-124058001
Anne Beckett-Allen and Sandra Rackham ANL-150601-124058001

A Diss-based mother and daughter team will travel to Peru to volunteer in a community project before participating in a four-day trek around the ancient Inca kingdom of Machu Picchu.

Anne Beckett-Allen, 42, and her mother Sandra Rackham, 64, hope to raise more than £2,000 each ahead of their October trip, with all money raised going to helping the international work of the Salvation Army.

Anne, company director of Rosedale Funeral Home, is no stranger to endurance events, having completed the Paris Marathon and Bolton Iron Man for Rosedale’s 10 for 10 charity challenge, raising in excess of £17,000 in the process. However, it was the support from her mum that encouraged her to take her fundraising efforts further.

“I have always wanted to see the Inca Trail and when my Mum mentioned that she would be interested in coming to Peru with me, I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “Helping so many people who are bereaved of a mother, I realise how privileged I am to have my mum.

“We run together each week, but have never had a real adventure and I cannot wait. Our only worry is how we are going to train for the high altitude living here in Norfolk.”

Sandra, who is a member of the Diss Salvation Army, is excited to help others abroad.

“I have always dreamed of helping others abroad in some way but was unable to be away for such lengths of time because of family commitments.”

Sandra and Anne will be fundraising throughout the year and to sponsor them visit www.justgiving.com/AnneSandraTrekPeru (no hyphen)