Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for PSS

We are very lucky to have some amazing adventurous fundraisers, and Hayley is most certainly one of them. We interviewed her about the why, the where and the WOW HOW MANY DAYS?   

What's your relation to HG? 

I’m the middle child of three girls, both my sisters have suffered from HG and my mum suffered with all three of us. There’s a running joke in the family that I should get pregnant to see if I get it too. – for some reason I’m not too keen!!

Why do you want to raise funds for PSS? 

Watching my sister’s go through it was awful, we’d all grown up with stories of how ill mum had been with us, but none of us really understood what that meant. When my younger sister Steph was pregnant with her first child we really had no idea what to expect. She was sick so many times a day I lost count, she dropped clothes sizes – instead of buying maternity clothes I was giving her my old clothes that were a size smaller. She was hospitalised multiple times for dehydration.

When my older sister got pregnant, I think we all prayed that she’d have a ‘normal’ pregnancy. But no such luck.

My sisters have this bond of support now with each other that they don’t have to suffer through HG alone. They have someone else that shares that experience. Steph is now a mentor for PSS to support other people with HG and Kerry is planing on becoming one soon and I’m so incredibly proud of them.

We’re all very close as sisters, watching the people you love and are closest to, go through this and having no idea how to help is awful. But I saw how much having the support of PSS helped my sisters and I wish that the support had been available to my mum when she was pregnant with us. So I might not have be able to give them the support they needed in their pregnancies, but I can raise money so that those that can provide the right support will always be there.

How are you fundraising? 

I am hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, this is a 4 day hike going up 13828ft (4214 metres) and across 26 miles

Have you done any training or planning for the hike? 

I joined a gym in January and I’ve been going around 3 times a week (which is a big shock to anyone who knows me!), so by the time I go I will have been training for 9 months! In these last couple of weeks I’m trying to get in some more outdoor walking but it’s difficult to fit around work.

Has this always been a dream or goal that you've wanted to achieve?

I have always wanted to hike the Inca Trail, I’ve been planning the trip for the last couple of years and I always knew when I did it I would be fundraising for something, the question was what.

How does fundraising make you feel? 

Fundraising makes me feel useful, throughout my sister’s pregnancies I felt pretty useless in helping so it’s nice to be able to do something that will support the people I love.

Thank you so much for raising much needed funds for Pregnancy Sickness Support Hayley and Best of Luck! If you'd like to show your support for this high feet along the Inca Trail, Donate here http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=HayleyBarnden&faId=824163&isTeam=false