A valiant group of islanders are back home after a challenging trek in the Balkans which raised £35,000 for Jersey Cheshire Home.
The group of 19, ranging in age from 25 to 67 conquered three of the highest peaks in Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia.
They started their adventure in Kosovo on 11th September scaling Mt Gjeravica (2,656m), the second highest peak in the Dinaric Alps range. From Kosovo, they crossed borders through wild remote landscapes into Montenegro to climb Mt Zla Kolata (2,534m) and finished via Albania and Macedonia’s highest peak – Mt Korab (2751m).
Donna Abel, CEO Jersey Cheshire Home who was part of the group said it was no mean feat: “The trek was a real challenge but it was great to see this part of the world and be away with such a brilliant bunch of people who all had the same goals – to trek across the Balkans and raise as much as possible to get our Garden Accessibility project off the ground.
“I really can’t thank them enough for all their efforts as this will make a real difference to the lives of those living at the Home.”
Jersey Cheshire Home is the only residential facility on the island caring solely for adults with disabilities.
The funds will go towards the costs involved in creating greater access to the garden space at the home; in turn this will increase social interaction amongst the residents, giving them more independence and helping them to connect with nature.