A team of five hospice supporters will take on a nine-day trek in Cambodia this next month to raise vital funding for St Clare Hospice.

The group will fly to Siem Reap on Saturday, November 9, where they will embark on an approximate 95km walk to Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world.

It is expected that the team of fundraisers, some of which are familiar personalities for the Hastingwood-based charity, will complete the challenge within five days.

The following team will consist of:

• Deborah Fielding, 58, from Great Dunmow – chair of trustees at St Clare Hospice

• Ray Fielding, 58, from Great Dunmow

• Dr. Qamar Abbas, 50, from Chelmsford – medical director at St Clare Hospice

• Bethany Corder, 23, from Abridge – former fundraising administrator at St Clare Hospice

• Linda Pledger, 48, from Great Dunmow – sponsored by Alloy Fabweld

Commenting ahead of the challenge, Deborah Fielding said: “As the Chair of Trustees for St Clare Hospice, I know only too well how vital voluntary fundraising is to the provision of an exceptional service provided to the residents of West Essex.

“This is something my husband and I feel we can do to support the vital work of the St Clare, whilst also exploring an amazing part of South East Asia and challenging ourselves. We are very excited and slightly nervous about the upcoming trip.

“All five volunteers from St Clare have been training hard and are well prepared for the challenge.”

Epping Forest Guardian:

St Clare Hospice Dr Qamar Abbas will take on the Cambodian trek this November

Dr. Qamar Abbas commented: “I have worked for St Clare Hospice for about 20 years, and in that time I have seen first-hand the quality care we offer to patients and their families when facing death, dying and bereavement.

“The passion that I have for this work challenges me, and I want this trek to embody that passion for all to see. To help my team do that, I need everyone’s help.

Bethany Corder added: “Taking on this challenge in aid of St Clare was an easy decision for me. After working in the fundraising team, I know how dedicated every member of staff is to enabling the Hospice to provide outstanding care to local people.

Epping Forest Guardian:

Beth Corder has raised funds for the Cambodia trek by hosting a car boot sale

“I’m looking forward to the adventure as I’m always looking for new ways to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone.

“I’m sure it will be tough at times but I am determined to make the people who have donated to support me and St Clare proud.”

To sponsor the team ahead of their challenging Cambodian trek this November, you can make a donation via their fundraising pages at:

Dr. Qamar Abbas: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/QamarAbbas1

Bethany Corder: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BethanyCorder

Deborah and Ray Fielding: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/TheFieldingSeniors

To find out more about taking on a challenge in aid of St Clare Hospice, call 01279 773754 or email emma.broadbent@stclarehospice.org.uk