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Nick Thomas takes on Sahara to raise £3,100 for Cancer Research UK
HE braved sandstorms and even rain as he walked 160 miles across salt plains, sand dunes and dry river beds.
Nick Antony Thomas has raised more than £3,100 for testicular and prostate cancer research at the Institute of Cancer Research.
The 43-year-old, of Westfield Road, Regents Park, Southampton, joined 20 other walkers, three guides and ten camels when he took part in the nine-day trek following the Algerian and Moroccan border.
The group endured temperatures of up to 30C in the day and down to freezing at night.
They walked for eight hours a day, slept in tents, cooked food on an open fire and went without a phone signal for the duration of the trip.
Nick said: “It was quite extreme. I missed the technology. It was just little things like not being able to flip the kettle on for a cup of tea and having to boil water on the fire instead. It was so back to basics that it was a bit scary.
“I don’t think anyone imagined that you wouldn’t have a phone signal out there.
“It’s just a personal achievement. My daughters and my wife are proud and happy with the sponsorship.”
His wife, Sarah, 38, a beauty therapist said: “I’m very proud of him. He was helping people carry their bags and pitching tents too. He’s like that.
“I was really depressed while he was away. I just couldn’t get hold of him and it was awful.”
It is not the first time Nick has challenged himself to do something for charity.
In 2009, the dad-of-two climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
And he’s already planning his next adventure for a few years time – a trek across the Peruvian Andes.
For more information or to donate, visit justgiving.com/nick-antony-thomas.
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