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Thai jungle trek recalled

Mother and daughter Karen and Sophie Storey visited the club to tell us about their 10-day trek across the jungles of Thailand.

Karen and Sophie with Channi Riyait, the president of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus

Oadby Rotarian Karen Storey and her daughter Sophie visited the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus to deliver a PowerPoint presentation about their trek across Thailand.

The pair showed hundreds of photos and talked about the ordeal they faced with the organisation Charity Challenge which will raise about £12,000 in sponsorship for dementia care at the Aigburth Methodist Home for the Aged in Oadby where Karen works.

Karen and Sophie experienced many privations as they hacked their way through the jungle, including meeting huge spiders and scorpions, squeezing through a small tunnel in a cave and have to use very basic toilets.They were accompanied by guides and one other woman, who was raising money for her local air ambulance. There should have been about 20 trekkers, but the political unrest in Thailand resulted in one business team pulling out shortly before the trek, in February.

Brave Sophie and Karen have had their appetites for adventure whetted and Karen hopes to do something similar in a year or two — perhaps in Africa. But by then, Sophie is likely to be working as a nursery nurse, so Karen might be extending an invitation to her middle daughter Bryony!

Anyone wishing to add to Karen and Sophie’s fundraising outcome can do so at