17 August 2016

Moroccan Memories and Milestones

Do you have a memorable moment? Have you walked The Great Wall of China,Moroccan 3 Peaks trekked through The Grand Canyon or perhaps scaled three of the tallest mountains in Morocco? That’s exactly what mother and daughter duo, Sue and Dani Cox and father and son team, Mark and Richard Brandom did in June 2016.

Over nine days they trekked through the Moroccan wilderness on what would become the trip of a life time. Starting off in the bustling market town of Marrakech, these four trekkers waved goodbye to civilisation and embarked on their journey across rocky terrains and unforgiving inclines in what proved to be both a physical and mental challenge. The three peaks that lay ahead were: M’Goun, accessible from the ‘Happy Valley’, standing 4,068m above sea level. The second was Jbel Ouanoukrim, a peak with two summits, the tallest measuring 4,089m above sea level with views all the way out to the Sahara. The last dominating peak, the tallest in Morocco at 4,167m was Jbel Toubkal.

Dani Cox, now in her final year at University said: “The thing I miss the most is sitting in camp and just feeling such peace! The whole trip was incredible and the trek was physically and mentally demanding but when you were standing on the edge literally looking miles down the mountain, you really felt alive!”

Dani continued: “The highlight of the trip for me was I felt like I had found myself again; standing on the last summit was very emotional looking out over Morocco and thinking about the journey we had all been on together from fundraising, and the highs and lows of the trip and all finishing together. It was very special.”

Mark Brandom, Managing Director of VRS has chosen Rennie Grove Hospice Care as his company’s Charity of the Year and took on this adventure with his son, Richard. Their fundraising efforts were creative and effective with 40 guests dressed up to enjoy a showing of Mamma Mia in their garden, and VRS colleagues accompanying them on a warm-up hike over the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Gillian Barnett, said:  “It’s amazing that these two pairs of people who didn’t know each other previously, came together to raise vital funds for Rennie Grove and go on an adventure that only some people can dream of. Between them they have raised £14,000. The memories they will have from this trip will last forever and the money they have raised through doing it is fantastic. It’s very humbling to know that people will go so far out of their comfort zone to raise money for us, to help us to keep providing 24/7 responsive end-of-life care for local patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.”

To find out how you can raise money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care visit: http://www.renniegrove.org/support/individual-sponsored-challenges