Beccles Breast Cancer Now girls succeeded in overcoming Machu Picchu. Following a chance meeting with Peter Townsend, MD Promo International Ltd, technical jackets were donated for the adventure. “The trip was extremely tough with all of us suffering from altitude sickness to a greater or lesser degree, with 3 of us needing oxygen and one of us nearly having to be helicoptered off on the first night! I am delighted to tell you that despite this we all completed the challenge,” said Tracey Riches after completion of the climb.

Temperatures fluctuated between late 20s during the day to minus 7 degrees at night. “As well as wearing them in the evening and the freezing mornings (we were up between 4.00am and 5.00am each morning) we all slept in our jackets and I know that they contributed to our success and wellbeing.”

Tracey continued to outline the reason for the trip – “On Valentine’s Day 2011 my friend Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer. 6 months and a double mastectomy later she gathered her closest friends around her and declared her intention to fight back by fundraising for the breast cancer research charity, Breast Cancer Now. This is what we have been doing ever since:

• Walking the Great Wall of China
• Cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia
• Trekking Machu Picchu
• Boiling liver to make additive free dog biscuits
• Transforming our local village hall to host our annual ball
• Publishing a cook book
• Knitting Christmas baubles
• Stripping off in a church yard for our Calendar Girl style calendar

To date our small group has raised over £65,000. For our next event we have purchased a 21-year-old £150 Renault Clio that we have sprayed pink and we will be driving from Suffolk to Venice at the beginning of September in the Crumball Rally.”

About Promo International Ltd:

Promo International is a European leader in the supply of merchandising and promotional solutions. It has offices in the UK and PRC, over 50 employees and annual sales in 2015 of over £7M. Its products and services are sold across Europe to key international brands in both the retail and business sectors with key successes in the cosmetics and beverage sectors. Promo International supplies end-to-end promotional and merchandising solutions from initial design through production and delivery including storage and distribution.

Promo International Ltd is a foundation member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and a member of SEDEX, the Ethical Data Exchange. In addition Promo International processes and procedures are ISO 9001 accredited ensuring products and services comply with mandatory legal and safety requirements across all territories in which they are to be distributed.