Chapter 13: Anna (Manchester)

Hi, I’m Anna @lavieenpraline I’ve been hiking since I was a kid, but I hated it! My dad would get us constantly lost due to his infamous “shortcuts” – which was enough to put me off for a few years!

Now that I’m older (and in control of the map), I love getting out in the fresh air, exploring new places and taking in some fantastic views.

This year I’ve signed up for a charity trek on the Mont Blanc trail in memory of my Auntie Mary – the world’s biggest hiking fan (even with advanced cancer) – who sadly died in 2017.

The trek will take place in 3 countries over 3 days, with lots of ups and downs! This will be a big challenge for me so I’m making sure I’m getting out on hills most weekends to prepare for the steep inclines on our route.

The money raised from the trek will go towards the cancer hospital where I now work – with my Auntie Mary as my ultimate motivation!

My advice to others wanting to get outdoors would be, don’t be afraid to ask for advice! I’ve had some fantastic recommendations from friends, family and the Instagram community around great walking routes, what kit I might need, etc. After that, get yourself some comfortable walking boots and get going!

If you would like to sponsor my Mont Blanc charity trek, you can do so at

Thanks for sharing your story Anna, good luck with your fundraising. Make sure you follow Anna on her adventures.

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