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Toplis treks in Peru for charity

Print franchise managing director Nigel Toplis is set to complete another charity challenge which will see him trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru next spring.

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Russell Golding and Nigel Toplis at the end of one of their charity treks

Having already completed Mount Kilimanjaro, trekked Sumatran jungle, walked across the Sahara Desert and completed a cycle ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat, Toplis has become somewhat of a fundraising expedition expert.

Toplis will be once again joined by colleague and friend Russell Golding, owner of Recognition Express Home Counties North, which specialises in the production of promotional print products including clothing and signage. Golding completed all the previous challenges alongside Toplis to raise money for charity.

“After the 2017 cycle ride, I said that would be my last physical charity exertion,” comments Toplis. “But having been invited to Buckingham Palace in spring this year as a thank you for our fundraising efforts, I thought maybe there was one more adventure in me. It was such a humbling experience that I ended up thinking it was the least I could do.”

Once again, the pair will be raising money for WellChild, the UK charity that works to get sick children and young people cared for at home instead of in hospital. Toplis has raised over £60,000 across his various expeditions.

It will no doubt be tough, and we will face our challenges as we have on the other adventures we have taken together

Toplis continues: “WellChild is a truly phenomenal charity Over 100,000 children and young people are living with serious illness and exception health needs across the UK. WellChild is passionate about raising awareness and ensuring that families get the support they need.

“Last year the charity was able to support 1,237 families through its programmes which are funded by the efforts of hundreds of individuals who, like Russell and I, are committed to supporting the amazing work that WellChild does.”

The Inca Trail, tucked away in the Andes Mountains in Peru, is one of the most famous hiking trails in the world. The trail runs 26 miles long and it takes four days to reach the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu at the end.

The most challenging part of the hike for Toplis and Golding will be the altitude – the pair will start in Cuzco at 3,400m above sea level, but will reach altitudes of 4,215m when they pass Dead Woman’s Pass – the highest point of the Inca Trail.

“It will no doubt be tough, and we will face our challenges as we have on the other adventures we have taken together,” adds Toplis. “But what we always keep in mind it that it is for a fantastic cause and that those children and families supported by WellChild face much greater challenges every day. Their courage and resilience are our inspiration.”

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