We have lived in Lichfield for over 37 years. David is a civil engineer, nearing retirement, and Debbie has her own business in health and wellbeing. We have always had a very active lifestyle and enjoyed reasonably good health apart from the usual wear and tear on joints etc.
St Giles Hospice has always been a charity that we have supported but last year we lost several friends with cancer and I (Debbie) was looking for a significant challenge for my 60th birthday in 2013. Our local hospice is also celebrating a significant milestone this year – 30 years of caring for our local community – and to celebrate wanted 30 adventurers to go trekking in North Vietnam, raising at least £60,000 in the process.
David had already reached this milestone birthday and didn’t want to be left out. So we set ourselves a target of raising £10,000 over and above the cost of the trek.
We will be trekking for 6 to 8 hours for 6 days in the Hoa Binh province, located in the mountainous area south east of Hanoi, in hot and humid conditions. We have been given a training schedule to build up our fitness and ability to take part in the trek.
After signing up for the trek in May 2012 Debbie began to experience a lot of pain in her legs when standing still. This was eventually diagnosed as a trapped nerve and back surgery was required. I was told I would need 3 months to recover – what about the Trek I asked my surgeon?!! Well I was operated on in January and our trip to Vietnam is what has spurred on my recovery.
If you would like to donate to this worthy cause or read more of our story please visit www.justgiving.com/Debbie-and-David-Phillips
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