Community support sees Vicki smash fund-raising target

Vicki Pringle, from Amble, who is heading to Iceland.
Vicki Pringle, from Amble, who is heading to Iceland.
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A north Northumberland woman is heading on a five-day charity trek through Iceland’s spectacular volcanic landscape this weekend, in memory of her mother.

Vicki Pringle, from Amble, is taking on the challenge for St Oswald’s Hospice, after her mam Nicola benefitted from care from its inpatient unit before she died from cancer at the age of 48 in October 2011.

And thanks to the support of the community in the seaside town, the 29-year-old has not only beaten, but doubled her fund-raising target of £3,000.

Vicki, who leaves at midnight on Saturday with 27 other intrepid trekkers, said: “I had already done some fund-raising for the Hospice, as I wanted to give something back for their kindness and the amazing care my mam received when she was with them.

“The trek sounded like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I just decided to go for it.

“Everyone has been great. I have had so much help and support from the local community, particularly when it came to organising a fund-raising day in August.

“Ann and John Smith from the Mason’s Arms let me use the pub as a venue, Amble Butchers donated all the food for the BBQ, and local businesses including Trimmers Hairdressers and Elemental Tattoo donated vouchers as prizes.

“Local bands gave their time and played for free and loads of people turned up to add their support – it was brilliant.

“My dad and auntie have also been a great support throughout my fund-raising and I couldn’t have raised the £6,000 without their help.”

Anyone interested in organising an event to raise money for St Oswald’s or wanting more information about its 2015 trek to Everest and other ways to fulfil their own ‘Life List’ goals while helping a regional charity can call 0191 246 9123.