Desert trek begins for hospice group

Team of fundraisers going to trek across the Sahara desert for the Prince of Wales Hospice.
Team of fundraisers going to trek across the Sahara desert for the Prince of Wales Hospice.

A COURAGEOUS team of fundraisers will trek through the Sahara desert after notching up almost £15,000 for Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice.

The group of 11 adventurers – who each had to raise a minimum of £1,900 to join the Sahara trek – were waved off by Castleford Tigers’ star Jake Emmitt when they left the Halfpenny Lane hospice in the Tigers’ minibus on Saturday.

The group will spend two-and-a-half days trekking 50 miles across the desert, followed by a stint working at a hospice in Marrakesh.

Helen Wells, event fundraiser, said: “The group has fundraised in so many inventive ways, including a celebrity football match, cake sales, a school mad hair day, raffles, tombolas, a fashion show and sale to name but a few.

“They should be so proud of what they have achieved and the great work they will do.”

Elaine Attwood, Sharron Chapman, Susan Cunniff, June Gill, Amanda Graham, Amanda Henderson and her 17-year-old son Alex, Joanne Henderson and her 16-year-old daughter Jenny, Amanda Ingram and Julie Pott will work on the hospice project in Marrakesh to improve the outside area, build a pergola, benches and tables to provide an area for patients and their families.

To register an interest in next year’s trek, email Helen Wells at hwells@pwh.org.uk or call 0844 248 4787.