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Woman ready for charity trek across Sahara Desert

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Jennifer Bland of Deddington will be trekking 100km across the Sahara Desert in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.
Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140517-174712009

MHBG-22-05-14 Sahara Trek Jennifer Bland of Deddington will be trekking 100km across the Sahara Desert in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140517-174712009

A Deddington resident will trek 100 kilometres across the world’s hottest desert to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Jennifer Bland, of the Paddocks, will travel to the Sahara in Africa on November 2 after her father-in-law Les died in December 2005 as a result of the condition.

She said: “I completed a trek in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco back in 2007, which I really enjoyed.

“I found this particular trek on the internet and really wanted to do something different, but something I had to really work and strive for.

“The diagnosis was really hard on the whole family and watching Les deteriorate was particularly hard on my mother-in-law, who was his main carer and passed away first in November 2005. I would do 100 walks if I could.”

The 52-year-old, who works for Oxfordshire County Council, will start the trek in Morocco with a group of other fundraisers. She will be trekking for five days and finish a week later on November 9. She is hoping to raise £5,000.

Mrs Bland added: “We will be walking for five days and people in the group are doing it for different reasons. I have already been emailing some of them and it has been really nice getting to know them before we all fly out there.

“I’ve got an idea of what the Sahara will be like during the day, but not sure how much the temperature will drop at night. I’m not particularly keen on bugs either!”

The Sahara is the third largest desert in the world after Antarctica and the Arctic. It covers about 3,500,000 square miles, roughly 10 per cent of the continent, and includes the countries of Egypt, Chad, Algeria and Libya.

Visit www.justgiving.com/jennifer-Bland or to donate £10 text YVOJ71 to 70070

 

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