Business contacts help boost trekkers’ total

Jillian and John Barry at the top of Ivinhoe Beacon PNL-151030-135100001
Jillian and John Barry at the top of Ivinhoe Beacon PNL-151030-135100001

A couple from Boxmoor are on a Trek to Nepal for charity and have so far raised more than £14,000.

Mother-of three Jillian Barry, aged 53, has done five Midnight Walks for The Hospice of St Francis and volunteers in its kitchens once a month.

But since her husband, John, completed the London to Paris Bike Ride for the Berkhamsted-based charity two years ago, she has harboured a desire to push a few boundaries of her own.

Jillian said: “I decided it’s the right time in my life to do something out of my comfort zone, see some of the world and achieve something pretty special. I’ve always wanted to visit Nepal.”

Jillian set herself a massive £15,000 fundraising target and then husband John, aged 52, decided to join her on her adventure of a lifetime.

John is managing director of Hemel-based mechanical and electrical engineers Emico, and Jillian is his PA.

So Jillian and her work colleagues se about contacting all their business network to ask for sponsorship.

Jillian said: “The response has been amazing with family, friends and work colleagues being so supportive.

“Within a few weeks I’d raised £3,000, within a couple of months it was £5,000, then it crept up to £10,000.

“But the donation that really touched my heart was a full week’s pocket money from my work colleague’s son, Joel Sicka, aged 13.”

See www.justgiving.com/Get-Jillian-And-John-To-Nepal/