End of the fundraising trail for John

John Hughes cheque
John Hughes cheque

A FEW months after completing an arduous trek over the other side of the world, Duns man John Hughes has been able to hand over a bumper cheque to the charity he completed his fundraising for.

Back in August, John travelled to Papua New Guinea to join his cousin and a host of Aussies on a 90km trek along the Kakoda Trail.

The journey was a particularly poignant one for John’s Australian comrades as in 1942, the Japanese Imperial Army set out with the intention of invading the country. by securing a beachhead in Papua New Guinea.

At the time, the majority of Australia’s troops were fighting in Europe and North America, so the government enlisted an army of 17 and 18 year old boys to tackle the Japanese forces on the Kokoda Trail.

And they certainly did their country proud, resisting invasion and holding up the Japanese advance until their country men arrived home.

With this in mind, John decided it was apt to complete the trek in aid of a soldiers’ charity and chose Help for Heroes.

He’d originally hoped to raise around £2000 but he was delighted to reveal to ‘The Berwickshire News’, that when all his sponsor money was counted up it amounted to £2505.

The money arrived from a number of sources including John’s Justgiving page, his colleagues at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and his friends and family.

He handed a cheque over to Help for Heroes representative Mike Dickinson last week.