Friends with cancer inspire 50-mile trek

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A Pinchbeck woman is taking huge strides to raise money for a cancer charity after two of her friends were diagnosed with the disease.

Andi Roberts plans to do a 50-mile trek across the Grand Canyon in America to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Although the trek is not until September 20 next year, the 36-year-old Whitemoor high security prison officer is already getting excited.

She said: “I’ve only just started training but I’m walking and going to the gym. It hasn’t really sunk in, but it’s going to be a personal challenge as well as raising awareness about the cancer charity.”

The trek will take Andi and a team of about 30 charity walkers through the awe-inspiring landscape of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.

She will experience the natural beauty of the Wild West as she treks through waterfalls and valleys, the Tonto platform and the famous Carbonate Canyon.

This is an eight-day trip with five days trekking. The challenge will include a trek through Sedona, amazing sights of the Grand Canyon National Park and treading an ancient Indian trail, 31,000ft down to the Havasupai Indian Reservation.

When the trekking adventure finishes, she will transfer to Las Vegas for a well-deserved celebration.

The money she raises will help Marie Curie Nurses provide more free care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses.

Andi said: “They say cancer touches everyone’s lives, but for me it hadn’t until recently. One of my friends is 28 and the other in her early 40s and I wanted to do something for them.

“Both of them have said they were amazed at what I was doing but they are the ones going through it. I feel helpless so this is a way of doing something.”

Minimum sponsorship is £3,350 and Andi has already started raising money, with her JustGiving page almost reaching £200.

On Saturday she is holding a fair at Pinchbeck Village Hall from noon until 4pm, with a tombola, raffle stalls and games.

To sponsor her, visit her JustGiving page at