Three women head off to Borneo in brave bid to hit fundraising goal

ADVENTURE From left, Tina Pack, Tina Harrop and Kelly Truscott are preparing for a fundraising trek.    Picture: Sarah Standing (110548-3042)
ADVENTURE From left, Tina Pack, Tina Harrop and Kelly Truscott are preparing for a fundraising trek. Picture: Sarah Standing (110548-3042)
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THREE determined ladies have taken part in 150 fundraising events to raise money for a charity trek in Borneo.

Kelly Truscott, 26, Tina Harrop, 27, and Tina Pack, 50, who all come from Gosport, are trying to raise £10,000 before they join the Borneo Ultimate Challenge in May.

They want to take part in a three-day trek through rainforest and jungle and up mountain summits, before embarking on a gruelling 106-mile bike ride.

To make sure they raise a substantial sum, the trio have organised a sponsored event for almost every weekend over the past 18 months.

These events have included a treasure hunt, a Christmas party, a paintball tournament and a sponsored cycle.

So far, they have raised £8,000.

‘I’m so excited, I’m an adventurous person and I’ve been looking forward to it so much,’ said 26-year-old Kelly, of The Anchorage, Gosport.

‘It’s all we ever talk about at the moment.

‘Whenever we meet up we are just constantly talking about the trip, it’s becoming our whole lives.

‘We’ve still got a bit more training to do.

‘We did a practice walk the other day and I thought I was going to die about halfway through.

‘I’ve been cycling everywhere and going swimming almost every day to try and get myself prepared. It’s easier for me because I work part-time. It’s a bit more difficult for the other two.

‘I’m absolutely terrified that I won’t be able to do it.

‘There is no way I want to give up or sit any of it out.’

To help with their training, Holbrook Recreation Centre has given the three explorers a free swimming pass to use until they leave on May 6.

The money they collect before their trip will be donated to Naomi House and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Tina Pack, 50, of Wych Lane, who is Tina Harrop’s mother, said: ‘My daughter and I used to work in the care industry, so the Alzheimer’s Society is a charity very close to our hearts.

‘We both got the travel bug after following the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2005.

‘So the Borneo challenge sounded like a perfect way to combine our two passions.’

If you would like to sponsor the three women on their charity expedition, visit just giving.com/kelly-truscott.