A BROMSGROVE teenager who is battling MS has planned a charity trek to Machu Picchu in the new year in aid of Worldwide Cancer Research.
Beth Davis has until next June to raise £3,000 before she is due to take on the challenge of a life-time which will see her walk 40 gruelling miles in eight days, from Cusco to the mountain.
Despite her condition which means she gets tired quickly and easily and causes her muscular pains, disturbed sleep patterns, poor concentration and headaches, Beth is determined to fly out on August 24 and complete the trek.
The money raised will be used to help fund research projects into all type of cancer, across the world.
The 19-year-old found out about the trek at Newcastle University, where she studies biomedical science.
She said she had chosen the task for a number of reasons.
Beth said: “Everybody is affected by cancer in some way so I can help a lot of people by raising money for the charity.
“I am doing it for my grandad who had cancer.
“My mum told him, he seemed quite happy and proud about it, he used to live in south Africa so it is quite fitting.”
So far Beth has raised £45 so she has launched a Christmas present wrapping service for residents in Bromsgrove in exchange for donations.
She said: “My mum gets me to do her wrapping every year – it is something I enjoy doing.”
Beth added she had also emailed a number of schools asking about organising non-uniform days and will be doing street collections when she returns to university, in a bid to raise the cash she needs.
Beth added: “It will challenge me a lot more than it would someone else and that is kind of why I chose it – for the challenge.
“I am a bit nervous but I am excited at the same time.”
Anyone wanting to pass the burden of their mammoth Christmas wrapping task this year whilst helping a good cause can email Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07736 234450.
Or, visit machupicchu2015.everydayhero.com/uk/Beth to sponsor Beth’s charity trek.