Get your trekking boots on for the Rowans

Participants in last year's fundraiser in Bhutan
Participants in last year's fundraiser in Bhutan
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TREKKERS are being invited to find out about two international walks to raise money for a hospice.

The Rowans Hospice, in Purbrook, is hosting an information evening so that people interested in trekking through Bhutan or Vietnam can find out more.

Building on the success of this year’s trip to Bhutan in April, which raised £35,000 towards hospice care, the fundraising team is organising another trek to the South Asian location.

But it has also added a second location of Vietnam.

Ali George, events fundraiser at the hospice, said: ‘The trek information evening is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to find out more about planning an adventure of a lifetime.

‘You will meet our trek partner A Different Travel, hear more about these extraordinary destinations, get first hand advice about fundraising, meet other trekkers and learn everything you need to know about planning your trip.

‘You are welcome to attend either or both of the sessions and immerse yourself in the possibilities of travel and adventure.’

At the information evening will be Roberta Porter, 54, and her husband Billy, 57, who went on the Bhutan Trek last year, and will share their experiences.

Mrs Porter, a hairdresser, of Merthyr Avenue, Drayton, said: ‘For me it was a life-changing experience.’

The information evening takes place at the hospice in Purbrook Heath Way, on Tuesday, December 4.

At 6pm, information about the Vietnam Hill Tribe Trek and Community Project which will take place for 10 days from October 5 to October 15, next year, will be given. At 7.30pm there will be a presentation about the Bhutan Himalayan Trek and Community Project, which will take place for 15 days from October 19, to November 2, next year.

Refreshments will be available.

To attend, contact Ali George: email at, call (023) 9223 7146, or visit