Chippenham resident John Crawford is hoping to raise £7,874, the equivalent of £1 for every foot he’ll be climbing above sea level, when he embarks on a trek to Machu Picchu in aid of Parkinson’s this month.
A material controller at Taylor Wimpey’s Wichelstowe development in Swindon, 57 year old John will complete the 50km trek in Peru over just four days, climbing to heights up to 4300 metres – 3 times Ben Nevis. This is a feat in itself, let alone when he’ll be contending with the symptoms of the progressive neurological condition.
Diagnosed with Parkinson’s four years ago John is determined to meet his target and help raise significant funds for the namesake charity.
John said: “I’m looking forward to not only raising a significant amount of money for a very worthwhile cause but to seeing diverse and spectacular scenery and a glimpse of Peruvian life that has remained untouched for centuries. I’m really interested in the Ancient World, so it will be great to combine this with my passion for challenges.
“Taylor Wimpey, the lads on site and friends and family have been very generous in their donations so far and I can’t thank them enough for their contributions. It would be absolutely fantastic to achieve £7,874 before I fly out for the trek on the 19 May.”
Although this will be the first fundraising activity John has taken part in for Parkinson’s, he’s not new to fundraising having previously ran the 82 miles of Hadrian’s Wall in 17 hours, 41 minutes and ran countless marathons and half marathons, often for charity.
John continued: “I’ve always been in to athletics and running but unfortunately age and ailments have started to overtake me so I’ve had to tone down the adventures. Unfortunately, unlike races, there’s no likelihood of ‘winning’ the fight against Parkinson’s as there is currently no cure. However, the symptoms can be controlled using a combination of drugs, therapies and occasionally surgery.
“The Parkinson’s charity funds research into finding better treatments and ways to improve the quality of life for sufferers and are leading the work to find a cure. I hope I can reach my ambitious target and give the charity a substantial amount of money towards their fantastic work.”
Anyone interested in sponsoring John for his trek to Machu Picchu can do so online via his secure Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/john-crawford54
Pictured: John Crawford preparing for his trek to Machu Picchu