Sam Cashman has recently returned from a Trek to Machu Piccu to raise funds for Epilepsy Research UK. Sam says, “As for why I did my trek – that was mainly down to the fact that my son Reece, who is 19, developed epilepsy 2 years ago.  He has found this hard to cope with as it put a stop to him pursuing a career in the army.  I decided I would like to do something to help raise sponsorship and awareness into epilepsy so looked into doing various different treks to help Epilepsy Research UK.

I picked Machu Picchu as its somewhere I have always wanted to go, but never thought I would ever get there. As someone that is allergic to any form of exercise and an Essex beauty therapist, the idea of me trekking up a mountain and camping sent most people I knew into fits of laughter and bewilderment!! Lol  However, my main reason for doing this challenge was to show my son Reece that if you put your mind to it, anything is possible and that you shouldn’t ever let go of your dreams.  It was the hardest thing I have ever done and I definitely underestimated how hard it would be trekking at altitude, but it was amazing beyond words and something I am very proud of myself for completing. ”

Sam has raised almost £4,000 to date which is a fantastic contribution to our work.