Couple’s Zambia trek to raise cash

Darren Payne and Sue Cunniff are doing a ten day expedition across Africa to raise money for the Prince of Wales Hospice. (P513B337)
Darren Payne and Sue Cunniff are doing a ten day expedition across Africa to raise money for the Prince of Wales Hospice. (P513B337)

Determined couple Sue Cunniff and Darren Payne hope to raise £10,000 for Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice when they trek across Zambia.

The couple will take on the ten-day expedition, which will include three days rafting down the Zambezi river, next August.

They are taking on the trip in memory of Ms Cunniff’s sister, Barbara Illingworth who was cared for at the hospice before she died of ovarian cancer in 1997, aged 28.

Ms Cuniff, operations manager at the hospice. said: “11 of us raised about £5,000 for the hospice when we trekked across the Sahara in 2012 and I said I would never do anything like it again.

“I am absolutely petrified of water so I don’t know how I’m going to cope but I was very close to my sister and I will never be able to pay the hospice back for the care she received.”

The couple kicked off their fundraising with a sponsored car wash in Castleford last weekend and raised around £100.

Ms Cuniff said: “We’ve got a long way to go and £10,000 is a lot of money to raise but my sister was my idol.

“She was everything I wanted to be and the hospice is a fantastic facility.”