Simon Completes His Trek
A former Hethersett man is aiming to raise £5,000
for Multiple Sclerosis research in memory of his mother Janet by
following the Inca Trail in Peru.
Simon Cross, who is 26, will spend 13 days in Peru
following the trail from the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco to Machu
Picchu which is nestled 16,500 feet up in the Andes. The actual trek
will take five days of up to eight hours a day in searing heat and high
Simon will be paying for his own flights and living
costs with all monies raised going to the MS Society in memory of his
mother who suffered from the disease before her death in November last
“My mother died due to complications from MS
which she had been suffering from for eight years. I have witnessed at
first hand what a terrible disease MS can be. After watching it affect
someone it’s impossible not to do something to help,” said Simon who
now works as a broadcast engineer and new media developer for the BBC in
“My mother battled MS with such dignity that it
was an inspiration to our family, friends and to me. It is this that has
given me the motivation to do whatever I can to raise money to help
anyone touched by MS.
“I am aware that this challenge won’t be a walk
in the park. This is a hard trek in heat and altitude and will be a huge
physical and emotional challenge, but it will be worth every step of the
Simon will be leaving England on 18th
September to join a group of between 12 and 30 people who will all be
raising funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Simon will kick off his fund-raising efforts with a
barbecue on 26th May for a number of invited friends and
acquaintances at his father Ralph’s home in Hethersett. He has also
planned an Auction of Promises in London on August 18th.
News Update: June 12th, 2007
A barbecue at the home of Ralph Cross in Henstead
Road, Hethersett, raised £1,400 towards his son’s charity trek in
Simon Cross, 26, will be following the Inca trail
to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in memory of his
mother Janet who died last November after suffering from the disease for
Well over 100 people attended the fund-raising
barbecue and there were also a number of individual donations.
“It was a really successful event, the rain held
off and Simon now has £4,200 towards the £5,000 he is aiming to
raise,” said Ralph.
Simon will be paying his own passage so that all
money raised between now and the September start date will go towards MS