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Grand effort for hospice

7 November 2012


One Sheffield Wednesday worker pulled on her hiking boots and trekked across the desert in blistering heat to raise funds for a local children’s hospice.

Andrea Hudson, who is funding officer for the SWFC Community Programme, flew into the US for a charity challenge that saw her, and husband Andrew, hike across the world-famous Grand Canyon.

She decided to use the trek as an opportunity to raise cash for Bluebell Wood, having worked for the hospice before joining SWFC in July.

The five day journey, which raised a grand total of £7,200, saw the couple start out with an acclimatisation trek the famous red rock formations of Sedona, also known as Red Rock Country.

They then descended more than 3,100ft into the Grand Canyon where they followed an ancient Indian trail that led them past the lagoons, waterfalls and scenery of the Havasupai Indian Reservation before tackling the steep climb back out.

Along the way they slept in tents on the Indian Reservation and encountered various wildlife including snakes and tarantulas as well as contending with temperatures of above 84F.

On her return, Andrea said: “The trek was a fantastic experience for a cause that is very close to my heart.

"The effort that I made to raise the funds and to do the trek is nothing compared to what the families and children of Bluebell Wood go through.

“A big thank you to everybody that sponsored myself and my husband and supported us in our fundraising.”

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