Aberdeen bosses set to take on Inca-redible adventure for VSA

The team taking on the challenge for the VSA
The team taking on the challenge for the VSA

A team of north-east business chiefs are taking on a gruelling trek through the Peruvian Andes in an effort to raise cash.

Five people from Aberdeen are hoping to raise vital funds and awareness for VSA – the region’s leading social care charity.

The adventurous group, led by the VSA’s director of finance Gordon Edwards, will endure a nine-day hike along the Inca Trail in April before reaching Machu Picchu.

They aim to raise £25,000 for VSA and are well on their way to reaching their target.

The team includes John Mutch, the director of John Mutch Building Services, John Morrison, director of General and Technical Flooring, Kerry-Lee Hutton, Subsea 7 vessel accountant, and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s consultant anaesthetist Dr Alastair McDiarmid.

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Mr Edwards said: “I’ve always wanted to take on the Inca Trail challenge to reach one of the most iconic sights in the world, Machu Picchu, all while raising funds for VSA’s mental health services.

“Having worked for VSA for the last three years I’m fully aware of the wonderful range of services VSA provides, both residential and outreach services, to support people with a wide range of mental health needs.

“Our services are more crucial than ever with around one in three people diagnosed with a mental health condition each year in Scotland.

“I’m delighted that five of us are going on the trek as we aim to raise funds and awareness for VSA’s services.”

Ancient Inca structures of Machu Picchu in the morning mist

The challenging route will lead the five through valleys and high passes up to 4,200 meters (13,780ft) above sea level.

Mr Morrison said: “I’m delighted to be taking part and raising much-needed awareness and funds for the fantastic work VSA do for people with a mental health diagnosis in Aberdeen.

“We are celebrating our 25th anniversary at General and Technical, and what better way to celebrate than to get involved for such a great cause.”

To donate, keep updated on the team’s progress or to find out how to take on a challenge for VSA, visit vsa.org.uk