Two Basingstoke women prepare for the adventure of a lifetime trekking through the Sahara Desert (From Daily Echo)
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Two Basingstoke women prepare for the adventure of a lifetime trekking through the Sahara Desert
5:12pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
TWO friends have set themselves an incredible challenge – to trek through the Sahara Desert for the British Heart Foundation.
Janet van der Hoven and Rebecca Hunt, who both work at AXA Wealth, in Winterthur Way, Basingstoke, will next month spend seven days walking in sweltering heat with the goal of raising £3,000 for the charity.
The pair will cover an average of between eight and 10 miles per day, stopping at oases to wash and waking at 3am to avoid the midday heat. They will spend a total of 10 days in the Sahara.
Rebecca, 23, said: “We’re not really feeling nervous – we’re just really excited and can’t wait to get out there.”
The asset migration administrator, from Oakridge, Basingstoke, said they had chosen to support the British Heart Foundation because the pair both have family members who have been affected by heart disease.
Janet, 28, said the pair have been training for the challenge by taking part in the Basingstoke Park Run every week and regular gym sessions.
The platform consultant, who lives in Limes Park, Basingstoke, said: “The fact that the British Heart Foundation is a charity so close to both of us really helped us to make the decision to support them.
“The charity needs support through fundraising and it’s exciting to think about what the money we raise will help them to achieve.”
The pair are both taking annual leave to take on the challenge and have funded the trip themselves, so all the money raised will go to the charity itself.
So far, they have raised more than £700 through donations from family, friends and colleagues.
Rebecca said: “A lot of people have told us that we’re crazy but we are really excited about it.
“It will definitely be an experience and, although we know it will be difficult, we’re really excited about it.”
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