Diana’s ‘life changing’ Peru Trek

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Close to her heart 36,741   people   in   Northern   Ireland   are   currently   living   with   a   stroke   condition.   Diana   Parker   is   only   too   familiar   with   the devastating   effects   of   a   stroke.   As   a   Ward   Sister   on   the   Stroke   Unit   at   Altnagelvin   Hospital,   Diana   has   seen   the   lives’   of families   and   patients   being   torn   apart   by   a   loved   one   having   a   stroke.   Once   Diana’s   care   comes   to   an   end   that’s   when   we step in with our stroke support. Diana’s   passion   for   caring   for   those   with   a   stroke   encouraged   her   to   pull   on   her   walking   boots,   pack   up   her   rucksack   and get fundraising for NICHS to ensure we can continue to take care of her patients in the North West. The challenge On   Wednesday   13 th    September   2017,   Diana   took   on   the   Machu   Picchu   Mountain   in   Peru   which   towers   3050   meters above sea level! Diana   trained   thoroughly   for   the   trek   which   was   overseen   by   her   husband   and   son.   They   gave   her   no   dispensation   for being a wife or mother! Diana   said,   ‘The   Donegal   hills   provided   a   great   training   ground   and   my   hiking   club   colleagues   were   more   than   supportive. Training also included a week in Austria with our hiking club, my first taste of high altitude.’
The experience On 13th September Diana met up with 13 other people that were climbing Machu Picchu. Diana said, ‘The   experience   was   amazing;   breathtaking...emotional...knee   weakening.   Trekking   was   between   4   and   9   hours   a day   at   high   altitude   with   amazing   views.   The   highest   point   was   between   Soryrococha   to   Collpapampa;   a   9   hour   trek through   a   4,570m   pass.   We   saw   hummingbirds,   wild   Guinea   pigs   and   walking   through   the   clouds   was   where   the forests   met   the   sky.   We   went   through   bamboo   groves   seeing   flocks   of   parrots,   crossed   waterfalls,   streams,   and questionable   wooden   bridges   to   Santa   Teresa.   Our   first   sight   of   Machu   Picchu   high   above   us   on   the   saddle between   Machu   Picchu   Mountain   and   Wayna   Picchu   was   while   walking   beside   the   railway   through   thick   forests   to Aguas Calientes.’
‘A life changing experience’ Diana    describes    the    trek    as    ‘an    amazing    life    changing experience’.   She   said   ‘I   would   recommend   everyone   to   at   least do   one   in   your   lifetime,   you   won’t   regret   it!      And,   if   you   are doing   it   please   do   it   for   NICHS   who   do   incredible   life   changing work   here   on   your   doorstep.   We   just   never   know   when   we might need these vital services. A    staggering    amount    was raised… Raising   a   staggering   £10,820,   over   double   her   target   of   £5,000, Diana   has   ensured   that   her   local   community   will   have   access to NICHS’s vital care services, rehabilitation and family support. 
Written by Emma Goldring Communications and Marketing Assistant Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke

Diana’s ‘life changing 

Peru Trek

Overseas Trek Diana NICHS Belfast
Close to her heart 36,741     people     in     Northern     Ireland     are currently   living   with   a   stroke   condition.   Diana Parker   is   only   too   familiar   with   the   devastating effects   of   a   stroke.   As   a   Ward   Sister   on   the Stroke   Unit   at   Altnagelvin   Hospital,   Diana   has seen   the   lives’   of   families   and   patients   being torn   apart   by   a   loved   one   having   a   stroke. Once    Diana’s    care    comes    to    an    end    that’s when we step in with our stroke support. Diana’s    passion    for    caring    for    those    with    a stroke   encouraged   her   to   pull   on   her   walking boots,     pack     up     her     rucksack     and     get fundraising    for    NICHS    to    ensure    we    can continue   to   take   care   of   her   patients   in   the North West. The challenge On   Wednesday   13 th    September   2017,   Diana took   on   the   Machu   Picchu   Mountain   in   Peru which towers 3050 meters above sea level! Diana    trained    thoroughly    for    the    trek    which was   overseen   by   her   husband   and   son.   They gave   her   no   dispensation   for   being   a   wife   or mother! Diana    said,    ‘The    Donegal    hills    provided    a great    training    ground    and    my    hiking    club colleagues      were      more      than      supportive. Training   also   included   a   week   in   Austria   with our hiking club, my first taste of high altitude.’ The experience On    13th    September    Diana    met    up    with    13 other     people     that     were     climbing     Machu Picchu. Diana said, ‘The   experience   was   amazing;   breathtaking... emotional...    knee    weakening.    Trekking    was between   4   and   9   hours   a   day   at   high   altitude with   amazing   views.   The   highest   point   was between    Soryrococha    to    Collpapampa;    a    9 hour    trek    through    a    4,570m    pass.    We    saw hummingbirds,   wild   Guinea   pigs   and   walking through   the   clouds   was   where   the   forests   met the    sky.    We    went    through    bamboo    groves seeing    flocks    of    parrots,    crossed    waterfalls, streams,   and   questionable   wooden   bridges   to Santa   Teresa.   Our   first   sight   of   Machu   Picchu high   above   us   on   the   saddle   between   Machu Picchu    Mountain    and    Wayna    Picchu    was while   walking   beside   the   railway   through   thick forests to Aguas Calientes.’ ‘A life changing experience’ Diana   describes   the   trek   as   ‘an   amazing   life changing     experience’.     She     said     ‘I     would recommend   everyone   to   at   least   do   one   in your   lifetime,   you   won’t   regret   it!      And,   if   you are   doing   it   please   do   it   for   NICHS   who   do incredible    life    changing    work    here    on    your doorstep.   We   just   never   know   when   we   might need these vital services. A staggering amount was raised… Raising   a   staggering   £10,820,   over   double   her target   of   £5,000,   Diana   has   ensured   that   her local   community   will   have   access   to   NICHS’s vital    care    services,    rehabilitation    and    family support. 
Peru Trek, Diana Parker, Nichs Belfast Overseas
Written by Emma Goldring Communications and Marketing Assistant Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke