Today we had a very early start as we travelled to Heathrow Airport in London. I think I am already on Peruvian Time. When I first arrived in the UK, I started my journey in London so it’s nice to show my new friends around before we end back in Peru.

We all travelled up on the coach together, which was my first chance to meet everyone. The group have been doing plenty of practice walks around Somerset to get them ready to meet the challenge of climbing Machu Picchu, so they already know each other pretty well. They seemed to be happy to welcome a small bear into their party.

Altogether 25 people are going to Machu Picchu, and they are hoping to raise £100,000 to support the work that the hospice does in Somerset. It costs over £10million per year for St. Margaret's to provide their care so the hospice are really grateful for the money that is raised by their supporters in Somerset.

We're now waiting in Heathrow Airport, ready to get on our plane which will land in Lima, Peru. Peru is so much more than just Machu Picchu and the trekkers will have a few days to get used to the altitude. Did you know that Lima is 3339mtrs above sea level and at that altitude it is quite difficult to breathe?

As a Peruvian native, and a bear, it will be easier for me, but my friends may struggle in the first few days, so we will be working on a community project in Cusco. This will see us helping out at a local school with some building and decorating projects. I am hoping that the paint is red so it doesn’t stain my coat. Bears are not painters you see, we have short arms. Still, I am sure I can provide help and guidance on how to paint.

Mrs Cashmore back in the UK will be keeping you up to date with my progress each day and I will be trying to send her as many pictures as I can. I might have to get one of the other trekkers to take the pictures for me as I am really quite short.

She has also started my own JustGiving page so I can raise some money for the hospice as well. I am really pleased about this as not only am I helping my friends here but also helping many more people back in the UK. If you'd like to sponsor me and my fellow trekkers, you can visit my JustGiving page here.