Trekker is taking his first steps a year early

Chestnut Tree House's Cambodia Trek might be more than a year away but one fundraiser has already taken the first steps.

Saturday, 8th October 2016, 4:24 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:34 am
Tarring trekker Oliver Miles

Oliver Miles, 23, of Terringes Avenue, Tarring, will be taking on the trek challenge from November 11 to 19, 2017.

It will be a six-day trek across varying terrains, starting in Siem Reap and ending in the world-famous Angkor Wat temples.

Keen to reach his target of £2,800, Oliver has begun organising events and contacting potential sponsors.

He explained: “I have already started getting in contact with local businesses to help aid me along the way and am planning some big fundraising events to get sponsored for.

“I would like to do a sponsored cycle ride to somewhere in Europe, like Amsterdam, and am also planning things such as charity poker nights and a charity music event one evening next year, through the help of my brother, who is a local DJ.”

Oliver will be part of a team of 50 volunteers raising money for the children’s hospice by trekking through rice paddies, jungle and up Kulen Mountain, averaging six to nine hours of trekking a day.

All proceeds from the trek will go directly to paying for the cost of 24-hour care services for children and families using the hospice for the nine days of the adventure.

Oliver added: “I have always had huge respect for charities such as Chestnut Tree House and my mum works for St Barnabas House hospice.

“I am really, really looking forward to taking on this personal challenge and am just so happy that it is for such a good cause.”

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