Dawn's trek for her Nain and Taid

Published date: 10 December 2013 |
Published by: Kirstie Dolphin
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A KIND-hearted woman has been inspired to raise money for charities that helped her grandparents.

Dawn Barber, originally from Llangollen, trekked 26 miles on the Inca Trail in Peru in aid of Against Breast Cancer and the British Heart Foundation.

Dawn, 30, chose these two charities as her Nain Valerie Edwards is a survivor of breast cancer and her Taid passed away earlier this year due to heart failure.

She said: “I have always admired my Nain’s amazing strength.

“The original plan was to trek the Inca Trail for a breast cancer charity, my Nain has previously raised money for breast cancer Wales and this charity is close to my heart.

“Unfortunately just before I booked the trip my Taid passed away from heart failure. My Taid had suffered with his heart since before I was born and thanks to different operations and care I was able to grow up with him in my life so choosing the British
Heart Foundation was easy.”

The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks in South America. In 26 miles it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels.

Dawn, a former student from Ysgol Dinas Bran, now lives in St Peterport in Guernsey and works as a nursery nurse and team leader for the two - three-year-olds and is starting an online HND in childcare through DAC training in Wrexham.

She said: “The trail itself was amazing, breathtaking and a very emotional experience. Walking in the mountains seemed a fitting tribute to my Taid as I spent much of my childhood with him on the farm and walking the mountains of Llantysilio.

“The trail was by no means easy but I found it enjoyable. I’m a pretty fit and active person and had trained lots around the cliffs of Guernsey.

“I suffered with altitude sickness when I first arrived in Cusco city for the two days of acclimatisation. I felt very spaced out, dizzy, out of breath and sleepy.

“My Taid used to tell me to ‘keep my eye on the ball’ when practicing golf and it often pops in to my head, particulary during sports and it definitely makes me better at whatever I’m trying to do.”

Dawn raised £2,500 in aid of the two charities and is also collecting old bras to recycle in Guernsey for Against Breast Cancer.

Her mum Sandra, who lives in Corwen, is extremely proud and is helping her by collecting bras in Denbighshire too.

Sandra said: “We thought that we could collect bras here too for her.

“We are hugely proud of her and she has done it all on her own with no help.

“Her target was £500 and she smashed it, and she funded the trip herself.”

A collection point to drop off old bras for recycling is in Ruth Lee, design and manufacturer of fire and rescue equipment, on London Road in Corwen.

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