Transylvanian trek for women

Five of the team.  L to R Sandy Vickers, Sharon Griffiths, Dinah Rickwood, Jo Swain and Kath Harrison EMN-140710-132623001
Five of the team. L to R Sandy Vickers, Sharon Griffiths, Dinah Rickwood, Jo Swain and Kath Harrison EMN-140710-132623001
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Six women have raised £8,000 between them for charities by taking part in a challenge.

Sharon Griffiths, Dinah Rickwood and Juliann Wright from Oakham, Sandy Vickers, from Grantham, Kath Harrison from Stamford and Jo Swain from Langtoft trekked over 70km, climbing two mountain ranges, over four days in August in Transylvania.

The money they raised will be given to Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer, Lincolnshire Air Ambulance and Extend Training, an exercise group for over 60s in Stamford, Bourne and Market Deeping.

The team, who have been involved in a series of past walks including Ribbon Walk, Moonwalk and Sunwalk, said they wanted to do something that would “challenge us a bit more”.

Sandy said: “The trek was hard work and on the last day we climbed the ridge of the mountain peak, Piatra Mica at 1800 metres, which was very scary, as it had steep drops either side.

“But we rose to the challenge and completed all four days of 
trekking.

“The scenery was stunning, with mountains, meadows and forests.”

Sisters Sharon and Sandy have been long-time supported Breast Cancer Care because of friends and their families who have been affected.

“Research and treatment are getting better each year and we want to do our bit to raise awareness,” Sandy said.

Our picture shows, from left, Sandy Vickers, Sharon Griffiths, Dinah Rickwood, Jo Swain and Kath Harrison