These fearless fund-raisers will soon be heading off to the Sahara to raise money for Grantham Hospice - and there’s still time for you to join them.
The group of seven met at Grantham Hospice in Barrowby Road on Monday to find out what kit they will need for the charity trek due to take place in March, 2014.
After paying an initial deposit of £200, trekkers choose to raise a minimum sponsorship of £1,550 which covers their remaining trip costs, or pay £1,000 with no minimum sponsorship requirement.
The Journal spoke to those fund-raisers at Monday night’s meeting about why they are heading to the Sahara.
* Tina Schafer: “I work at the hospice so I see what the money does to help.”
* Julie Hadlow: “I work at St John’s Medical Centre. Everyone knows someone or has a friend who knows someone who will need this kind of care at some stage in their life.”
* Wendy Johnson: “I just wanted to do something unselfish for a good cause.”
* Malcolm Cammack: “My friend benefitted from hospice care in Boston so I just wanted to do something to give money back.”
* Gill Goddard: “I’m doing it for the challenge and I’m particularly looking forward to sleeping under the stars.”
* Susie McCahon: “I’m just looking forward to the adventure and the experience of a lifetime.”
* Jon Sambrook: “I’m taking part because I lead a fairly active life and want to help people.
“I’m doing it for the experience because it’s somewhere I’ve never been before.”
Local firm Travel and Trek Ltd is organising the Sahara trekking adventure.
The trip will tackle the world’s largest hot desert, beginning on Friday, March 7, 2014, with a hotel stay in the Moroccan capital Marrakesh, before setting off on a five-hour journey over the High Atlas mountains to Quarzazate, the gateway to the desert.
There will be an overnight hotel stay before a drive through the Draa Valley to the desert town of M’hamid, where the trekkers will meet the support team.
The focal point of the six-day day trek will be climbing Erg Chicaga, one of the largest sand dunes in Morocco. From here, the trekkers will witness the beauty of the sun setting over the Sahara Desert.
This is a camping trek with the kit transported on camels. The food on the trek will be prepared in Moroccan style and served in a Bedouin tent.
At the end of the trek there will be a hotel stay in Quarzazate before returning to Marrakech for an overnight stay, ahead of traveling home March 16.
The trek presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to soak up a different culture, take on one of the world’s greatest challenges, and raise much-needed money for the hospice.
For more information or to sign yourself up, call the hospice on 01476 513542 or 01476 591010.