Two captains of the catering equipment industry are training for a gruelling 5 day trek across Peru to raise money for the Springboard charity.
Stephen Kinkead and Glenn Roberts, MDs of Winterhalter UK and Gram UK respectively, aim to raise at least £10,000 for Springboard in its work to help disadvantaged people by finding them employment in the hospitality industry.
Camping under the stars along the way, the trekkers will follow ancient trails leading to the ruins of Machu Pichu.
The two will end up at a remote village where they’ll spend 3 days installing solar panels, to bring sustainable energy to the local school, and attempting to teach computer skills and give English lessons.
Kinkead said: “When we first discussed it, I thought, ‘well, if Glenn can do it then I can’. Turns out he was thinking, ‘if Stephen can do it then I can’. We might both be working on false premises!
“Seriously, though, of course it will be tough but it will also be a fabulous experience.
“More importantly, we’ll not only be supporting Springboard, which is an absolutely top charity, but also, hopefully, using whatever talents we have to help children in this remote Peruvian school.”
Roberts commented: “Both Stephen and I spent our early careers working in catering. It’s great to have this opportunity to give something back.
“As for the trek, I used to do a lot of walking. I know I’ll be knackered, but it I’ll really enjoy being back in the mountains. Mind, there is the issue of spending an extended period in a tent with Stephen!”
The Peru Trek 2016 will take place between 11-22 March. Kinkead and Roberts are self-funding their trip, so all the money they raise will go to charity.