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JIMMY NGANGA is 19 and from Harold Hill. He is studying at University to become a PE teacher, He wants to gain life skills on the trek and looks forward to meeting the people of Peru and learning about their culture.
SAYED ASHRABUL known as “Ash” is 15. Born in the UK, his background is Bengali/Asian and he lives in Tower Hamlets. He sees the trek as a character-building opportunity and a chance to see new sights and meet new people. He is studying sports science.
EMANUAL OKUNJA is from Newham. He is 19 and dreams of becoming a physical education teacher for which he is studying. He is excited by the challenge of the trek for which he reckons he needs a big heart and a positive mind even when times get tough.
ISMAEEL HAQQ from Stepney Green is 16. He enjoys all sports and is excited by the upcoming experience of seeing life in another country far away and meeting new people. He is an Ambassador for Tower Hamlets and hopes in future to be a sports physiotherapist.
FAYE PICTON, the identical twin to Lauren, is 20 and, like Lauren (see below), from Chafford Hundred in Essex. She is looking forward to the challenge of supporting and encouraging one another on the team. She hopes she will be able to overcome all obstacles.
JADEN OSEI-BONSU comes from a Scottish/Ghanaian background. He is keen to learn about Peru and sees that success lies in teamwork, hard work, humour and patience. His ambition is to help others and especially those who have never been able to travel.
YASEEN MUKADAM from Leyton is a youth worker in his community. He is proud that, though competing with public school students, he won a place at Medical School. He sees the trek as an amazing opportunity to practise his camping skills, seeing nature and making new friends.
SAMUEL LOWNE from Rotherhithe is 18. While at college he began volunteering for West Ham United Community Sports Trust. He wants to work as a team ad learn about Peru. He aims to be a football coach and reckons achieving the trek will be a big plus on his c.v.
LAUREN PICTON is 20 and an identical twin with Faye (see above) also on the trek. She loves sport and is excited by the challenge, recognising that working as a team is important and being both proactive and sensitive. She is currently studying but would like one day to travel the world.
LUKE SEWELL is 19 and from Barking, he aims to pursue a career involving sport ad is currently coaching at West Ham. He looks forward to the physical challenge and being one of a group.
HASSAN KHAN, 19, comes from Waltham Forest. He is a junior football organiser, a first aider and has been on various team exercises. Now he is excited about going on what could be for him a “life changing” trek.
ADIL MALIK, 19, from Walthamstow. He is the youngest of a family of four sisters and a second year university student. He enjoys physical activity and wants to improve people and leadership skills. His dream is to be a sports entertainer.
For sixteen years, Angie has been leading expeditions, principally of young people, to many of the world’s mountain ranges, deserts and jungles. She is also involved in, and loves, cycling and canoeing. She has a degree in Spanish and Italian, runs personal development courses and teaches remote first aid. Peru is one of her favourite destinations. She knows it well and has led a trek up a similar route to Lake Titicaca. Prior to the Expedition’s departure in August 2015, Angie will run an Awareness Course in London for the young participants and a weekend’s training session in north Wales.
TIMOTHY LUKWAGO, 25, is from Newham and is a member of the Foundation’s staff. By joining the Expedition in a support role, he sees an opportunity to develop communication, teamwork and organisational skills as well as to travel which he has always wanted to do.