Rovers will hit the heights for charity trek to Peru

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THE Inca Trek is getting closer now with only a week until we set off on what, for me, and the rest of the trekkers, will be a big challenge in many ways.

We are travelling to the Pacific coast to Peru to walk 62.5 miles at heights of around 12 to 14,000 feet in only four days!

Every walker on this Trek for the NSPCC Child’s Voice appeal has a different challenge ahead. For me it is to overcome a health scare I had in 1993 when my heart stopped.

I have built back to fitness now but it’s a big challenge to push myself to the limit to not only raise much-needed funds to help save children, but prove to myself I can do it and also give hope to others who have had heart problems. My girlfriend Carol has a big interest in this Trek as she is a NSPCC Childline advisor, so knows first hand how vital the service is to children.

She has been with me on many of the walks, pushing me on when I felt like saying sod it!

I have been asked by the BBC to film the Trek for Look North, so yet another camera to carry. But you will all get to see myself and the others suffer as the fit players (Mark Wilson, James O’Connor and James Coppinger) push on. Although the players have never done anything like this so they could also suffer as altitude can be a great leveller.

So watch out in The Star for updates and please donate to support us at www.justgiving.com/roversincatrek.

Finally I would like to congratulate Doncaster-born Deborah Wyatt, who as the FA Respect Ambassador, recently was awarded the Bobby Moore Individual Award for Oustanding Achievement at the FA Cup Final at Wembley.

I have worked with Deborah on our Respect games and she always says that Rovers are her inspiration.

She got a great letter from Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport and the Olympics, which heaped praise not only on her, but also on Rovers.