|Vicar’s Inca Trail Walk Raises £9,000|
Christ Church's Matt Boyes successfully completed gruelling challenge for Haiti Hospital appeal
Matt Boyes, Vicar of Christ Church, Turnham Green successfully completed Peru’s gruelling Inca Trail on 28th October 2009 which means that the Maternity and Paediatric Unit at the Haiti Hospital now has over 60% of the £14,000 required to complete the building.
Speaking on his return to Chiswick, Matt said, "The trek was a truly humbling experience and made me appreciate what we have here in the UK. One of the most memorable moments was meeting the teacher at a school with six pupils in a very remote village high up in the Andes – his commitment was amazing!
"He walked over for two days over mountains from his own village to the school, stayed one week and then walked back before returning two weeks later. For this he received less than £1,000 pa."
When asked why he had chosen to support the Haiti Hospital appeal, Matt added "The Haiti Hospital Appeal is a Christian Organisation involved in providing life saving care to some of the world’s most desperate and at risk people. One in five children die before their fifth birthday and the vast majority of births take place at home without any support. I hope the money raised will help to change this and would like to thank everyone who sponsored me and enabled this wonderful project to progress."
Sponsorship was raised through private sponsorship from individuals and members of the Christ Church congregation, a charity auction at Pissarro’s which raised over £4,000, cake sales and the Gunnersbury Challenge 10k run in September.