Fareham fundraiser who broke his back will trek in mum’s memory

CHALLENGE Karl Goatley and Marilyn Charleton will be raising money for the Rowans by doing the Bhutan trek
CHALLENGE Karl Goatley and Marilyn Charleton will be raising money for the Rowans by doing the Bhutan trek
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DESPITE breaking his back only three years ago, fundraiser Karl Goatley will be taking part in a massive trek for The Rowans Hospice.

The 53-year-old from Fareham is one of 18 taking part in the 82-mile Bhutan trek, in the south Asian country.

TRIBUTE Karl's late mum Maggie

TRIBUTE Karl's late mum Maggie

It’s a unique route that has been created for the Purbrook hospice, with sponsor money going towards helping care for people suffering with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

The journey to the Himalayas begins on April 7 where trekkers will be away for 15 days.

They will spend nine days walking the route.

Karl said: ‘I used to do lots of fundraising for the hospice.

‘Then about three years ago I slipped over outside my house and broke my back.

‘I used to go to the gym a lot and do lots of exercise, but after I hurt my back I was restricted.

‘But I’m ready to get back into fitness and have been enjoying the group training we have been doing.’

Karl will also be walking in memory of his mother Maggie Mayers, who died of pneumonia last September.

‘I wanted to get back on to the fundraising and wanted to do it in memory of my mum,’ added Karl.

‘It will be a challenge, but one I’m looking forward to.

‘I’m in love with walking and think this won’t be the only one I will do.’

Walkers taking part paid a non-refundable registration fee of £250 and have pledged to raise a minimum of £3,600.

Due to the level of interest another Bhutan trek might be organised in the future.

To sponsor Karl go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/karlgoatley.

For more information about the trek visit rowanshospice.co.uk.