Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s CEO, Dr Lynn Morgan and IT Project Support Officer, Luke Upshall swapped strategic management and technical support, for trekking boots and caravans of camels when they departed for the Kingdom of Morocco in March 2016. They and six others from #TeamARTHUR managed to raise £22,612 for the Hospice when they conquered a gruelling five day, seventy four kilometre trek across the world’s hottest and third largest desert, the Sahara.
Lynn said “One of things that struck me most, was the sheer size and emptiness of the desert and the amazing landscapes. Sometimes the dunes looked really challenging, but the views from the top made the struggle worthwhile. It was great to finish walking in the later afternoon, sit down (no seats of course) and have that first cup of mint tea – better than a glass of wine at the end of a week’s work!”
The intrepid team left Cambridge for Morocco on Thursday 17 March and having traversed the Atlas Mountains, began their long, hot, shower-less, camel-accompanied journey the following day. The team were forced to push on through a sandstorm on the penultimate day due to an incoming and notoriously unpredictable sandstorm, which may have otherwise forced them to stop in their tracks. As a result the team walked a further 4km than had been planned for the trek, yet finished a day earlier!
Why not join #TeamARTHUR for the Sahara Challenge 2018? Contact the fundraising office by clicking here or calling 01223 723186.