Published: September 27, 2011
Burnham-On-Sea man prepares for Peru trek in memory of mother

Burnham-On-Sea businessman Scott Woodberry is to scale the mountains of Peru to raise money for a charity close to his heart.

Scott, who is director of Woodberry Brothers and Haines in Highbridge, will be joined by his girlfriend Zoe White and friend Sharon Turner in heading to Machu Picchu on Friday 7th October for a 10-day trek in aid of Weston Hospicecare.

Scott, Zoe and Sharon have paid for the challenge themselves so that every penny raised goes to Weston Hospicecare in memory of Scott’s mum.

Christine Woodberry sadly passed away after a battle with Ovarian Cancer in 2008 after which the family set up ‘Petal - The Christine Woodberry Memorial Trust’.

Scott promised to raise as much money for the Trust as possible and to date they have managed to raise over £30,000 all of which has gone to charities including Weston Hospicecare.

"We are donating everything we raise through our climb to Weston Hospicecare. The Hospice do a wonderful job! They are truly inspiring and have certainly motivated me into helping out where I can."

A series of events have been held in the Burnham-On-Sea area organised by the trio to contribute towards their £6,000 target, one of which was a 'Petal in the Park' music event held recently.

Held in a private garden in West Huntspill, it attracted nearly 250 people and, despite some unfortunate wet weather, the event raised close to £3,000.

Scott added: "I would like to thank absolutely everyone who attended the event last weekend - local Burnham people, staff from Woodberry Brothers and Haines as well as friends and family, it was an amazing achievement."

"Thanks to everyone involved and so many of the local businesses in Burnham for their generosity and donating over 20 great prizes on the night."

Scott is no stranger to international challenges after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro last year and added: "It was such a mentally challenging event but I wanted to keep raising money. My girlfriend was keen to take on an international challenge and when she looked into Machu Picchu it seemed a great adventure which we would both enjoy. We are now all training very hard every day to get as fit as possible. We spend most weekends now climbing mountains and normally average 6 hour hikes."

"We have been so lucky that so many people have donated through our JustGiving page. We have now raised about £5,000 so we just that extra push and hope that our community can add to the giving page."

Pictured: Top, Scott Woodberry, girlfriend Zoe White and friend Sharon Turner and, above, their destination of Machu Picchu


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