Burnley student prepares for Amazon rainforest charity trek


A STUDENT teacher from Burnley is preparing to trek through the Amazon rainforest to raise money for a cerebal palsy charity.

Angela Woodford is hoping to raise £3,500 for Scope by completing a gruelling 60km trek through the South American jungle.

The 23-year-old, who is training to be a teacher at the University of Cumbria, will have to battle against 80°F heat and live among 2,000 different types of spiders and insects on the five-day hike.

At the end of her mission she will be joining a community project to refurbish a local school in Brazil.

She said: “This is going to be a big personal challenge for me as I have very little training in trekking though I hope to complete the Three Peaks challenge as a lead-up to the main event.

“The only other experience in long distance stamina events is that two years ago I completed the Lands End to John O’Groats bike ride in aid of Cancer Research UK with my granddad and uncle. We raised £1,000. However there are many differences that make this especially challenging.

“The major obstacle I will be facing this time will be the average of 80°F heat and the 2,000 different types of insects that live there plus the weight of my sleeping equipment and tent that I will have to carry with me on my way through the jungle.”

Already Angela has been clocking up funds doing a bric-a-brac sale, cake sales and face painting stalls – but she desperately needs to raise more money to hit her target.

“Of course, the other challenge I am hoping to overcome is the fund-raising. I have so far managed to raise £675 from my events but need sponsors for my trek desperately now if I am able to reach my target and enable me to take part in the life changing experience for Scope. “

To help her reach her target you can visit Angela’s JustGiving page and donate sponsorship money by searching Angela Woodford at www.justgiving.com.

You can also follow her on Facebook for up and coming events or to donate items to her appeal.