Success for Sahara trekkers

Jon Newall, Richard Metcalfe and a fellow desert trekker.

Jon Newall, Richard Metcalfe and a fellow desert trekker.

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A desert trekker has returned from a gruelling fundraising jaunt across the Sahara in memory of a Pontefract toddler.

Jon Newall, 37, smashed his target by raising £3,500 for Families Against Neuroblastoma (FAN).

Mr Newall, of Carleton Road, Pontefract, crossed 111km of the North African desert in memory of Jaiden Worrall, who died from the childhood cancer last October.

The insurance broker said: “My target was originally £2,000 so I’m really pleased.

“The desert is an awesome place, you think it’s like something out of Lawrence of Arabia but it’s like walking on the surface of the moon.

“There were a few times I thought ‘I could just give up’, but I had long chat with myself.

“I’ve now got the scars on my feet for the rest of my life to remind me of what I did for FAN.”

Mr Newall, who runs Lockyers in Wakefield, was inspired to raise cash for the cause after his company sponsored an awards night in memory of two-year-old Jaiden.

He was joined by Richard Metcalfe, of Rogerthorpe Manor, who raised £2, 500 for the Prince of Wales Hospice.