Sacred Heart trekkers on desert walk for Francis House Children's Hospice
8:10am Monday 19th August 2013 in NW
INTENSE heat is just one of the dangers fundraisers will face when they trek across the Jordanian desert.
Deacon Ken Holding and former altar boy Sam Lawton from Scared Heart Catholic Church at Hindley Green will undergo the epic trek in November in the hope of raising over £1,000 each for Francis House Children’s Hospice.
The pair, along with 23 others, will encounter scorching heat in the day and freezing temperatures at night in a three day trek from the Dead Sea to Petra.
Ken said: “We think I am the oldest and Sam is the youngest person going on the trek, so it is really going to be quite a challenge.”
Ken and 20 year-old Sam need to raise £1,000 each to cover the cost of the trip and the equipment they will need to survive in the unforgiving terrain.
Ken said: “We have had to get three season sleeping bags, fleeces, walking poles and kagools. We only have to carry a rucksack though as a camel carries our water.
“I go to the gym quite a lot to keep fit but the staff there told me it was no good and I would need to start walking.”
The pair will trek for up to eight hours a day until they reach Petra, one of the seven new wonders of the world.
Ken said: “I’ve abseiled off the Trafford Centre tower and I volunteer for St John’s Ambulance so I am busy but it all adds to the spice of life.”
He is holding a charity karaoke evening on October 12 at Sacred Heart club, Swan Lane, Hindley Green to raise some of the money needed for the cost of the trip.
To sponsor Ken, pop into Sacred Heart or Sam can be sponsored at http://www.justgiving.com/sam-lawton1.
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