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Edge Hill student Charlotte Mowatt has trekked through the Grand Canyon and raised over £2,000 for Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

Third year student Charlotte, who is studying for a BSc (Hons) Children’s Nursing, ventured 3,100ft down to the Grand Canyon floor and completed 46 miles on various trails. Along with 15 others, she completed the trek over a five day period.

As a student nurse, Charlotte undertakes most of her placements at Alder Hey, and after meeting so many remarkable children and families she decided she wanted to do her bit to try and make their time at the hospital better.

“The children I work with have had to endure so much in their short lives, so helping to raise funds for new research and equipment seems such a small task that can potentially make a huge difference to these children’s experiences and lives in hospital,” said Charlotte.

Alder Hey work with a charity travel company called Global Adventure Challenges who specialise in charity treks to various locations with various charities. When Charlotte was invited to take part, she jumped at the chance.

“The experience was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done in my life,” said Charlotte. “It was challenging physically, emotionally and mentally but everyone supported each other through every little aspect of the trip. I was taken completely out of my comfort zone but I feel this has made me a stronger person and am so happy that I’ve took part and made friends for life.

“My favourite aspects, although there were so many, was the first time I stood on the Grand Canyon Rim and when I was lying on the picnic benches in camp with everyone at night time, nothing but silence, watching shooting stars.”

This experience has given Charlotte the taste for adventure and she has signed up to complete next year’s Alder Hey charity challenge, which is cycling 400km from Vietnam to Cambodia.

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