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Charity trekkers brave Jordanian desert for Worcester hospice

Worcester Editorial 10th Apr, 2024   0

KIND-hearted charity trekkers have completed a five-day hike through the Jordanian desert while raising almost £49,000 for Worcester’s St Richard’s Hospice.

A group of 16 fundraisers braved rocky desert terrain and thunderstorms to reach the world-famous archaeological site, and historic city, Petra.

In total, the trekkers raised £48,975 for St Richard’s Hospice to help the charity to offer care to adults with serious progressive illnesses and their families.

The team set out on March 17, walking between six and eight hours a day for five consecutive days.

As well as the 16 trekkers in Jordan, a family of six walked 136 miles along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path to support the challenge.

Sofia Gunster, events and community fundraising lead for the hospice, was part of the group who flew to Jordan to take on the challenge.

She said: “It really was the most incredible experience, taking in some spectacular scenery.

“What made the trek even more special was the wonderful group of people making every gruelling step together for St Richard’s.

“Friends for life were made camping out under desert skies.

“To raise such an incredible amount to help the hospice be here for patients and families is testament to scale of the challenge and the tenacity of our trekkers – we can’t thank them enough.

“They’re all hospice heroes.”


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