Four staff members from Four Seasons in Dogmersfield to take on Ben Nevis challenge

Basingstoke Gazette: Gerald Ley, Darren Goswell and Angela Beckett, with Maria Herrera, second right Gerald Ley, Darren Goswell and Angela Beckett, with Maria Herrera, second right

A SPA manager from Hartley Wintney will have her father in mind when she attempts a gruelling charity challenge.

This summer, Maria Herrera will climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, cycle 15 miles, canoe nearly two miles and cycle another 10 all in 24 hours with four colleagues from the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, in Dogmersfield.

The 36-year-old, who will raise money for the World Cancer Research Fund, has not been able to visit her father Ramon in Venezuela since he was diagnosed with colon cancer in November last year.

Her father, who lives in the capital Caracas, has undergone radiation, chemotherapy and a major operation to tackle the 10cm tumour.

Despite being born in the country, Maria has never held a Venezuelan passport, opting instead to use her Spanish one, and the country, which is suffering from civil unrest, has recently tightened its entry conditions.

She said: “All I want to do is see him, so it’s been very worrying not being able to be there for him and see how he’s coping.

“Having this challenge, and doing all the training, has really helped me to give me a focus and something else to concentrate on.”

The challenge will take place on Saturday, June 7 and could take more than 10 hours.

Maria is currently in training with the rest of team – Gerald Ley, 49, from Camberley, Darren Goswell, 26, from Reading, and Angela Beckett, 34, from Aldershot.

Paul Fretwell, head of fundraising at World Cancer Research Fund, said: “We are hugely grateful to this hard-working team for their support.”

The team has so far raised more than £2,500 towards their £5,000 target. To donate, visit justgiving.com/CoolRunnings-Hampshire.

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:35pm Thu 8 May 14

OvercrowdedCountry says...

Could you put "Maria Herrera" in the title of this article? As soon as I saw the name "Maria", I assumed that it was about someone else who has been in the news recently; so I didn't bother to read further.
Could you put "Maria Herrera" in the title of this article? As soon as I saw the name "Maria", I assumed that it was about someone else who has been in the news recently; so I didn't bother to read further. OvercrowdedCountry
  • Score: -2

9:41am Fri 9 May 14

JJ38JJ says...

OvercrowdedCountry wrote:
Could you put "Maria Herrera" in the title of this article? As soon as I saw the name "Maria", I assumed that it was about someone else who has been in the news recently; so I didn't bother to read further.
You obviously did.
[quote][p][bold]OvercrowdedCountry[/bold] wrote: Could you put "Maria Herrera" in the title of this article? As soon as I saw the name "Maria", I assumed that it was about someone else who has been in the news recently; so I didn't bother to read further.[/p][/quote]You obviously did. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree