Banbury Home-Start organiser walks Inca Trail to help struggling families

Jane Skelton at Machu Picchu NNL-160524-151338001
Jane Skelton at Machu Picchu NNL-160524-151338001

Caring for struggling families and enjoying a physical challenge in an exotic location are a double achievement for Jane Skelton.

Mrs Skelton spends her working days organising volunteers to visit struggling parents with the Home-Start Banbury and Chipping Norton charity.

Jane Skelton who has raised �1,750 by climbing to Machu Picchu

Jane Skelton who has raised �1,750 by climbing to Machu Picchu

This month she has spent her holiday walking the Inca Trail up to Machu Picchu.

Friends, colleagues and family have supported her with sponsorship and donations and Mrs Skelton has gone back to work this week with a healthy £1,750 to help Home-Start’s work continue.

“I made it. It was a fantastic experience,” she said.

“Superb scenery, great company and an excellent support team meant that, although tough, it was an enjoyable ten days.

Jane Skelton and sister and fellow trekker Sally Thomas at Machu Picchu

Jane Skelton and sister and fellow trekker Sally Thomas at Machu Picchu

“All the money I’ve raised will go directly Home-Start Banbury and Chipping Norton to support vulnerable families with young children.

“I really appreciate everyone’s support and thank them very much for their donations.

“It’s not too late for people to add something to the Machu Picchu fund either. The donation site is still in operation at www.virginmoneygiving.com and search for Jane Skelton.”

Mrs Skelton’s hike was almost all over 3,000 metres and the climb reached 4,600 metres - nearly four times the height of the UK’s highest peak, Ben Nevis.

This is not the first time Mrs Skelton has donned her walking boots for the charity. Two years ago she scaled Kilimanjaro to raise over £2,500 for Home-Start.

She said: “Home-Start is obviously a charity close to my heart and I have witnessed the vital work that it does helping parents give their children the best start in life.”

Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it is renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar - intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery.