Enviromentalist Jo Cuthill Finishes Her Epic Charity Walk

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A tired Jo Cuthill emerged dishevelled yet triumphant last night after a gruelling weekÂ?s trekking through the Peruvian rainforest to raise awareness about the environmental issues that are affecting the region.

Committed conservationist Ms Cuthill (26) embarked on her epic journey last Saturday from the Cuzco region of Peru with the intention of navigating her way through a large section of the cloud and rain forest to meet with the local people and politicians who live in the area. The route itself is littered with hazards including landslides and flooding as well as wild animals and snakes.

“It was hard work but I never doubted that I would make it. The worst thing is the dampness – you can never get your clothes or kit dry and combined with the insect life I had an uncomfortable week. But it will all be worth it if we can make the world aware of the plight of the rainforest.

“We need to bring attention to the problems that this area is facing from the encroachment of civilisation Currently the Peruvian Amazon is experiencing an alarming amount of deforestation that is the direct result of industrial players seeking to extract as much wealth as possible in the shape of natural resources. Every day logging, chemical spraying and oil drilling are destroying vast tracts of rainforest whilst the increase of human population is putting ever more pressure on the animal and plant life of the region”.

Asked what her plans for the future might hold Jo Cuthill quipped: “I am going to crack open a bottle of champagne and relax in a long hot bath”.

Jo currently lives in Milton Keynes with her partner Harry and their two children Tiffany and Wayne.

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