TRAINEE bank manager Becky Dickinson flew to South America today – with bold plans to raise cash for Kirkwood Hospice.

Becky, 31, of Mirfield, is to take on the challenge of trekking to Machu Picchu in Peru.

And she hopes her efforts to scale the 8,000-foot landmark will help her raise at least £1,000 for the hospice.

It’s a cause dear to her heart. A teenage Becky did work experience at the Dalton hospice and was moved by the work done there.

Since then, she has raised many thousands for the Hospice, including completing the London Marathon two years ago.

She said: “People think of Kirkwood as a sad place but it’s far from that. It can be a very happy place when you see the work that goes on”.

Becky works for HSBC as a trainee manager and is being backed by her employers.

They have pledged to double any money she raises up to a total of £500.

The trek is expected to take four days and will come after holidays in Brazil and Argentina.

Becky said: “It is a fairly tough challenge, with the 8,000-ft altitude a problems for some, but I am confident.”

Machu Picchu is a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru,

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