It’s only two weeks until our brave team of supporters - Louise Barnard; mum and daughter, Rachel and Alex Terry; Sarah Harvey; Eileen Kelly; Lesley Dyball; Mo Tutty; Paul Cumbers; and Stephen Margison - head off to Iceland to take part in the ellenor Fire and Ice Volcano Trek. Recently, the team got together at ellenor Gravesend for some pre-trip bonding, sharing of information and encouragement – and to find out exactly what everyone is packing for their trip! Questions included whether ski goggles would be useful, what the weather will be like and how the team are planning to spend their final day together enjoying the Blue Lagoon after the five-day trek.
The team has already enjoyed getting to know each other over the past year and, last weekend, a group of them took on the challenge of climbing Snowdon together – while they are planning another long walk as a team next weekend. Rachel said it was ‘pure determination (and a fair bit of swearing)’ that got her to the top of Snowdon!
Among the trekkers is Mo Tutty, chairman of the board of trustees at ellenor. He has admitted the trek is a ‘long long way’ out of his comfort zone.
“I am nervously excited – it’s going to be quite an experience,” he said. “I’m not naturally a walker – so I’ve been busy taking some long walks and finding hills to climb at the weekends. I’ve enjoyed meeting everyone else and there’s some real team spirit, so I know we’ll all be encouraging each other.”
We’ll be updating you on our brave group’s adventures as they trek for five days through Iceland’s spectacular volcanic landscape. The group will be hiking through mountain gorges, over vast glaciers, across frozen lava fields and around mysterious caves. Highlights of the trek will include climbing to the top of the infamous Eyjafjallajokull, which erupted in 2010 causing aviation havoc, and hopefully spotting the Northern Lights from their hotel in Skogar.
If you fancy signing up for a challenge like this for ellenor – then call our events team on tel: on 01322 626506