Accountants gear up for charity trek

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A team of accountants is swapping calculators for climbing boots this summer to go on a three-day trek in Iceland for charity.

Mark Hildred (48), Ken Maggs (44), Mark East (44) and David Turpin (53) from Moore Thompson Accountants will cross craggy lava fields and wade through ice-cold streams during the trek in July.

Spalding-based Mark and Ken are raising money for Cure Parkinson’s Trust and the Lymphoma Association respectively, while Market Deeping-based Mark and David are supporting Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The team hopes to raise at least £10,000 to be shared equally between the four charities.

David said: “I went to a Teenage Cancer Trust concert in London but before it started some young people came 
on stage and talked about 
what it was like to live with cancer.

“The audience were just awestruck and that was the seed for me to do something reasonably unusual to raise as much money as I possibly could for the charity.

“I then discussed it with all the partners at the firm and because it’s the 25th anniversary of Moore Thompson, the four of us decided to take part in the trek and each raise funds for a charity close to our own hearts.”

Ken, a coach at Nene Valley Harriers Athletics Club, 
said: “One of the athletes I coach is supporting a teenage friend who was diagnosed with lymphoma nine months so I decided to help out.”

Mark, whose father Albert died from Parkinson’s Disease last year, said: “Cure Parkinson’s Trust is a patient-led charity that invests in research projects that offer real hope of a cure for Parkinson’s Disease in the future.”

You can help the four reach their goals by sponsoring them at www.moorethompson.co.uk