A RETIRED postman from Accrington is set to stamp his way along the famous Inca Trail in Peru to raise cash for charity.
John Stephens, of Countess Street, is set to complete the high-altitude trek to the lost city of Machu Picchu in November in aid of Action Research. But first he must raise £2,500 in sponsorship.
The intrepid 67-year-old is already well on the way to achieving his goal after bosses at the Fraser Eagle coach firm, where he works part-time as a chauffeur on the door-to-door holiday service, made a large donation.
"I still have some way to go in attracting sponsorship," John said.
"But without the backing of Fraser Eagle, there's no way my trip could have got off the ground. I am forever indebted to them.
"This is something I have always wanted to do and now I can't wait to get on with it. My biggest fear is altitude sickness. I am confident about the actual walking."
Action Research funds over 120 projects throughout the UK, including research into life-threatening diseases and disabilities.
John, with the full backing of his family, is determined to fulfil his mission and support its work.
Ken Savage, managing director of Fraser Eagle, said: "It's a tough challenge for John but we're sure he'll get there and see it through.
He's part of the 'Fraser Eagle family' and we wanted to help him realise his dream while supporting a worthy cause."
John still needs donations to fund his adventure. Anyone able to help should contact him on 231100.