PHILIP Wilbourn will take to the Inca Trail in the Andes this month to raise money for Weston Park Cancer Care Charity, fully aware of the devastation that the disease can cause.
“In a small office of 12, five of us have been directly affected by cancer,” said Philip, who runs Wilbourn Associates in Brightside Lane.
“Last year my colleague Amy Roan lost a sister, leaving two children and a husband, whilst another, Mike Morrell, a brother, and another, Philip Gelsthorpe, lost his father. My wife, Elaine, lost her father, Philip Lunn, in 2008 and I lost my father, Bill, in 1992.”
Philip, whose firm provides information and advice on eco-friendly homes, travel, food and lifestyle, is joining a group of 20 in the five-day walk, organised by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, from March 25.
“It will be extremely arduous,” he said. “We are walking from 7,000 ft to 14,000 ft and, at the age of 54, it will be a tough challenge but I’m up for it. I know there will be a lot of physical pain, which is why people are sponsoring me.”
Philip used to play for Sheffield and Doncaster rugby clubs and was a referee for 23 seasons but says he became overweight and unfit. “This will really give me a focus to do something for other people.”
Sponsors should contact http://www.justgiving.com/Philip-wilbourn.