Sue Wells, a long-standing volunteer at Secret World Wildlife Rescue, has raised £515 for the charity by walking the famous Inca Trail in Peru.
Sue Wells became a Secret World volunteer eight years ago after attending the Healing Weekend. She started as a response driver then five years ago, as she retired from the day job, Sue trained as a bird handler and animal carer and has been devoting her time to Secret World ever since.
Sue said: “I had always wanted to go to Machu Picchu for my 60th birthday. I did a lot of research and found that the best way to arrive there was to walk the Inca Trail, the same way it would have been done centuries ago.
“I booked a holiday to Peru with a friend which would culminate in walking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. As Secret World is such a big part of my life and they too are celebrating a landmark birthday this year, I decided to get sponsored for the walk.”
Secret World Wildlife Rescue is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The funds raised by Sue will go towards a new aviary for one of Secret World’s oldest and much-loved residents, Daphne, the European eagle owl.
Sue said of her adventure: “I enjoyed every second of the trail even though at times it was very strenuous and the altitude made it difficult.
“The views of the Andes were spectacular and when we succeeded in reaching the top of Dead Woman’s Pass at 4,215m the sense of achievement was amazing.
“On the final morning, we got up at 3.45 am in order to reach the Sun Gate and see the sun rise over the mountains and bring light to Machu Picchu. That was quite a magical moment.
“Completing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was one of the best experiences of my life. I can’t think of a better way to raise funds for a charity I am passionate about and as a bird handler, knowing that the money will go towards a new aviary for Daphne is just the icing on the cake.”
Notes to editors:
About Secret World Wildlife Rescue
– Secret World Wildlife Rescue is one of the South West’s leading wildlife rescue charities (charity number 1097119) based in East Huntspill in Somerset.
– Now in its 25th year, Secret World Wildlife Rescue cares for more than 5,000 sick, injured and orphaned animals each year.
– As well as being a respected source of expertise and a centre of excellence where British wildlife receives the best care, Secret World has an extensive volunteer programme and engages with schools to promote respect for wildlife and the environment, adding further benefits to the local community.
– As Secret World does not receive any government funding, it relies entirely on the generosity of supporters and donors to carry out this important work for British wildlife.
– The charity’s website is www.secretworld.org