media release Charity Trek Raises Thousands September 04, 2002 An Akzo Nobel employee in the UK has raised thousands of euros for charity after trekking to an ancient Inca city. Another adventurous Akzo Nobel employee has ventured to a little seen part of the world in an effort to raise money for charity.Simon Peel, who is on a one-year placement at the company’s Plastic and Processing Additives business (Akcros Chemicals) in Eccles, UK, recently returned from the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru after raising almost EUR 4,000 for cancer research. He joined 40 other volunteer fundraisers to embark on a trek to the lost city—perched high in the Andes mountains—a journey which involved a five-day hike from the city of Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital. The sacred fortress was built during the height of the Inca Empire in about 1500 and later in its long history it lay forgotten for around 400 years, until a young archaeologist from Yale University stumbled upon it in 1911 and found it virtually intact. A prized World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu—a small city built entirely of blocks of quarried stone—is located at about 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) and still remains one of the finest examples of the building of the vanished Inca culture. Simon, who is working at the analytical department in Eccles as part of his Masters degree in chemistry from Manchester Metropolitan University, is not the only company employee to have ventured into the unknown this year. Two employees from Akzo Nobel’s Pharma Group—Niels Honcoop and Floris Hout—attempted to reach the summit of Aconcagua in South America in January, only to be thwarted by the worst weather experienced on the mountain in seven years.