A DAD-OF-TWO is getting ready to trek to the Lost City of the Incas in a bid to raise cash for children with special needs.
Sean Watson, from Whitburn, is taking part in the challenge alongside Metro Radio presenter Tony Horne to raise money for the station’s charity Cash for Kids, which helps youngsters across North East England.
The 47-year-old security officer has two children with wife, Gloria, 43, who have special needs.
Daughter Victoria, 14, has autism, and son Joseph, seven, has ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.)
Mr Watson said: “Cash For Kids is a charity close to my heart and I’ve always wanted to do something for them so this is a great opportunity – a once in a lifetime thing.
“This charity is particularly special because of my kids’ conditions and because the money doesn’t leave the North East.
“The money I raise – which I’m hoping will be a lot – will go towards helping my children and others like them.”
Mr Watson is one of 30 people taking part in the 10 day trek which will consist of about seven hours of walking each day.
Trekkers will fly to Lima, Peru, on Friday, May 13, to begin their journey, ending in Machu Picchu.
Those taking part have to raise £3,500 to pay for their flights and accommodation.
Closer to home, Mr Watson is organising a fund-raising night at Cleadon and District Workingmen’s Social Club, in Fulwell Avenue, South Shields, on Saturday, April 30.
The event will include a performance from singer John Andrews, a buffet, quizzes and a raffle.
Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased on the night.
To sponsor Sean for the Inca Trek or to donate to the cause visit www.justgiving.com/sean-watson.