Women from Southrepps and Gimingham raise �6,500 for cancer charity on Himalayan mountain trek

Two north Norfolk charity trekkers have raised more than �6,500 for a cancer charity after completing a 100k trail through Indian mountains.

The epic Himalayan journey, on paths normally trodden by goats, took them to remote villages set amid stunning scenery.

Teacher Jo Samuels, from Southrepps, who has successfully battled breast cancer, teamed up with image consultant Sarah Morgan from Gimingham, who said the adventure was 'incredible.'

Mrs Morgan said: 'It was an amazing place. Absolutely filthy and poverty-stricken but so rich in colour and lovely people.'

The main trek was six days of tough walking through lush scenery in sight of white-topped mountains which was 'very up or very down' despite being in the foothills.

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'The villages were like something from our middle ages, with people living in houses made from dry stone and wood, and farming with sickles, though some children had a skateboard, hand-made and with wooden wheels.

'But they were so humble and polite, smiley and happy.

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'They must have thought we were mad - a bunch of pasty-faced women with big boots and with plastic drinks tubes in our mouths.'

Mrs Morgan said she and Jo completed the course 'without a blister' thanks to the steady pace set by their guides.

Highlights included being adopted and followed for five days by a mountain dog they named Rufus, and dissolving into laughter while rescuing a fellow trekker from an overturned portable toilet in the night.

And, for someone for who had never camped before, she even found being stuck in a tent during a howling storm 'quite exciting.'

She said most people on the trip, like Jo who teaches at Gresham village school, were doing the trek for a personal reason and enjoyed a comradeship which helped everyone through their tired low points.

The funds raised, which far exceed the initial �4,000 target, will go to the Big C centre in Norwich which supported Jo through her treatment.

People can still make donations through www.justgiving.com/bigbootssmallboots

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