Trekking the globe to back charity causes

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TREKKING in many parts of the world for a charity was the subject of a talk by Shirley Butler at the June meeting of HUCKNALL AND DISTRICT UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE (U3A).

Shirley, who retired from social work at 65, said she felt she had more to offer and embarked on supporting Scope, which enables children and adults with cerebral palsy to lead a better life.

She has now completed nearly 15 years of trekking and has taken part in many community projects as part of a Scope team. Her goal has been to raise £3,500 for each trip and the total is now an amazing £27,000.

The speaker, a grandmother, was one of a team which went to Cambodia two years ago. In temperatures of 90 degrees, they climbed a mountain and made their way through jungle terrain to reach a village where a project to rebuild two houses took place, using bamboo leaves, wire and nails.

Places where Shirley has trekked include Vietnam, Annapurna, the Inca Trail in Peru, the Grand Canyon and Venezuela, which she said was the hardest. She has also completed the Great North Run.

Before her 80th birthday, she is planning her swan-song by going to Sumatra Indonesia.

Barbara Ives reported on a successful jamboree for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, attended by members of all the north Notts U3As.