Morrocan peaks challenge for mum and daughter team

Sue and Dani Cox, from Tring and Aylesbury, are taking part in the Moroccan 3-peaks Challenge for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.
Sue and Dani Cox, from Tring and Aylesbury, are taking part in the Moroccan 3-peaks Challenge for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

A mum and daughter have signed up to climb to the highest peak in North Africa to raise funds for a hospice.

In an adventurous fundraiser exclusively for Rennie Grove Hospice Care supporters, anyone who signs up to join them could be gazing down from the ‘roof of north Africa’ next summer.

Towering over the Toubkal National Park at more than 4,100 metres above sea level, Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa, commanding stunning views all the way to the plain of Marrakech.

It will be the perfect finale to the Moroccan 3 Peaks Challenge, a 9-day trek from June 18 to 26, 2016, run in conjunction with specialist travel company Different Travel, exclusively for supporters of Rennie Grove.

Dani Cox, from Aylesbury, has signed up with her mum, Sue, who lives in Tring.

The mother-daughter duo have already begun their fundraising and fitness regime.

Dani said: “Our car boot sales are proving to be very popular - we have a garage full of donated items now and need two cars to transport everything.”

Sue said: “Training-wise we started with a 10-mile walk from Tring to Ivinghoe Beacon, then up and down the Beacon a few times for good measure!”

Dani added: “Rennie Grove have been there for my family numerous times so we wanted to give something back. Our experiences have made us want to get up and go full on into the next adventure. It felt like we were sitting back and watching life go by but having the Moroccan 3 Peaks Challenge as a goal has given us the impetus to change all that.”

Dani and Sue are long-term supporters of Rennie Grove, having taken part in the charity’s Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge twice and notched up a Herts Cycle Challenge,

London Marathon and a sky dive between them.

The Morrocan 3 Peaks Challenge trip starts and finishes in Marrakech, where trekkers can soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the bustling medina, before experiencing the tranquil Happy Valley or Aït Bougmez.

This picturesque and peaceful green valley features fruit orchards, meandering streams and hamlets built out of traditional mud bricks.

It’s the precursor to the first peak, Mount M’Goun, standing at just over 4,000 metres high.

The exposed ridge offers spectacular views as far as the Sahara desert, the town of Ouarzazate and the peaks in the surrounding ranges.

The second peak, Mount Ouanoukrim, is a twin-peaked mountain and the route takes trekkers across the ‘saddle’ to experience the views from both summits at almost 4,100 metres above sea level.

No previous experience is required, although a good level of fitness is needed as the trek is graded ‘challenging’. Participants need to pledge £1,500.

Caroline Nicholls, from Gubblecote, is new to the charity, having responded to an article published.

She says: “When I saw the article I thought it looked like a brilliant way to support a local charity operating in the community where I live and work. We rear free-range chickens so it’s hard for us both to get away as there needs to be someone at the farm looking after the birds.

“The work keeps me fit though, which will stand me in good stead for the trek I hope. And I’m fortunate to have a fundraising opportunity in the Farmer’s Markets I attend in Tring, Berkhamsted, Chesham and Wendover.”

Look out for Caroline at hercompany’s stall - Potash Farm Foods.

Find out more about the trek at www.renniegrove.org/moroccan3peaks or call 01442 820720 to sign up.