Worthing sister’s Thai trek pays off

Gemma Streeter in Thailand
Gemma Streeter in Thailand

A WORTHING woman who battled leukaemia when she was a child has completed a trek through the Thai jungle to raise money for the charity that helped her.

Gemma Streeter was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a blood cancer and form of leukaemia that meant she needed a bone marrow transplant aged 10.

Her sister Becca literally saved her life, by donating two lots of bone marrow.

Gemma, now 27, took on the Thailand jungle trek with 11 other people, who took part in the challenge for various causes close to their hearts.

She said: “This was possibly the hardest and the most amazing thing I have done – and I can’t wait to do something else.”

During the seven-day trek, Gemma said she had some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as kayaking down the River Kwai.

“We trekked up a mountain on the first day, which took around eight hours, and covered 14 kilometres.

“The other days involved trekking through jungle, rice fields, streams and rivers and we were not alone as there were river snakes, spiders and crabs,” she added.

The group also visited refugee camps and left donations of clothes and medical supplies, and gave rice to an orphanage.

Gemma, of Langton Road, with the help of fund-raising by her sister, hopes to have raised about £4,000 for Leukaemia Care.

“The time I spent ill in hospital as a child was very hard and it made me appreciate how this money could be used to help families who have someone close to them suffering,” she added.