Swindon Link team assembles to trek across the Sahara Desert in aid of Prospect

By Jessica Durston - 22 February 2022


In his own words Swindon Link Editor Jamie Hill writes about the team he has put together for a trek across the Sahara next year in aid of Prospect Hospice.

Who doesn't like a day at the beach?

And who doesn't like travelling to and then trekking across one of the most inhospitable places on the planet?

And what if that place you're trekking across just happens to be one big beach except with added camels and scorpions and no sea (or water, or shade, or ready access to McDonalds)?

Well. Count me in!

That's right. At the tender age of 48, I will be crossing The Sahara Desert and it'll all be in aid of Prospect Hospice, who provide end of life care for Swindon and Wiltshire.

In fact, Swindon Link is going all out this year to support Prospect Hospice as we're also heavily involved in the My Dad's Bigger Than Your Dad Festival being held on 16 July in the Town Gardens in aid of the charity.

For The Sahara Trek, much like The Avengers, I've even put a team together that will be representing the magazine as we cross one of the most inhospitable places on the planet. Team Link Assemble!

Together we're aiming to raise nearly £11,000 for the charity, which is a pretty overwhelming figure.

The Trek takes place in the Moroccan Sahara where the Link team members will experience the vast and diverse landscapes including the Atlas Mountains.

The trek will span over 60 kilometres and take place from 19-26 March 2023.

Apparently we'll be accompanied by camels but won't be allowed to ride them as they'll just be carrying gear, which is a tad unfair.

You can find out more about the trek at www.prospect-hospice.net/saharatrek

Team Link is made up of myself, Laura Johnson, Amy O'Reilly, and Kieran McCarthy.

During the next year, the team will be taking part in as many fundraising activities as possible including marathons, half marathons, 10ks, walks, obstacle course runs, quiz nights, raffles, and auctions as well as fundraising at different events. This is all in a bid to reach the £10,800 target for the charity.

We won't be able to do this without your support, though, as every little bit will help.

The whole thing is a mammoth undertaking and it's a bit daunting but what's life if it isn't for living, eh?

It's going to be emotional.

And we might even end up with a camel as a best friend. So that'll be another thing crossed off the bucket list.

You can help by donating to one of us at www.justgiving.com/team/linksahara

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