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Chance to join four on fund-raising adventure

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PEOPLE with a taste for adventure are being asked to get in touch with Prospect Hospice to learn about the charity’s overseas challenge this October, for a trek across the Sahara desert.

The challenge, which promises an unforgettable week crossing the Sahara in aid of the Wroughton-based charity, already has 12 people signed up for a fundraising experience that will take trekkers across an arid stretch of one of the world’s most beguiling landscapes.

The challenge starts in historic Marrakech, from where travellers set off for a journey with Berber tribesmen.

Among those already signed up for the event are four dads who are already in training for the rigours of their north African venture.

Three of the four – Andy Spurgeon, Sam Allen and Garry Wilkinson – met through their young sons playing for Royal Wootton Bassett Rugby Club, while the fourth, Mike Clarke, is a neighbour of Andy’s, and an experienced traveller and charity fundraiser.

Andy said: “I live in Wroughton, so Prospect Hospice is on my doorstep, and I think we should be supporting the charities in our own community. I’d read that only around a quarter of the hospice’s funds came from the NHS, and it’s incredible that they can do as much as they do.”

The four dads have a dedicated Facebook page called Trek Bassett. Registration is still open for the challenge at www.prospect-hospice.net/sahara.

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