The first part of this charity challenge starts with the tough but rewarding trek across the Moroccan Sahara. As you walk deeper into the desert, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re on Mars, passing ancient dried up river beds and vast sun-baked plains with huge sand dunes which can rise up to heights of 150 metres. Your only giveaway that you’re still on planet earth will be the blue, open skies, contrasting against the orange vista, and beautiful flora and fauna. After a challenging day’s walk in the heat, you’ll set up camp before taking a well-earned rest around the campfire, looking up to the stunning night sky and getting to know your fellow trekkers.
You’ll be accompanied by professional English-speaking Berber guides, an ethnic group of nomadic people indigenous to North Africa, whose culture can be traced back over 4,000 years. Your friendly guides will immerse you in the Berber way of life, cooking you traditional cuisine and sharing their expert knowledge of culture and hiking in the region.
This challenge also gives you an opportunity to not only support Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes but also local communities in Marrakech.
You’ll be helping an organisation that supports vulnerable young people with education and vocational training, as well as elderly people by creating a comfortable. social environment for them to spend their golden years. Your tasks will vary depending on the need at the time but you’re likely to get involved with refurbishment, redecorating and gardening which will make an instant impact at the centre.
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You can choose to fundraise your remaining trip costs, meaning your total minimum amount would be £2,100.
80% of the fundraising target (£1,680) is due by 16 December 2022
20% of the fundraising target (£420) by 3 March 2023
This trek is rated ‘moderately challenging’ by The Different Travel Company.
Willen Hospice needs to raise £4.7 Million a year, that’s £9 a minute, to continue providing free, compassionate care. If you, or someone you know, has experienced care from Willen, then you will know how important our work is, and the difference it makes to give our patients a ‘good death’ with dignity, comfort and support. This is only possible thanks to the support from our community. By taking part in a challenge like this and raising funds for Willen Hospice, you’ll be helping us to care for families now, and in the future. Thank you.
Dawn co-ordinates all of the different challenges people can do to help raise money for Willen Hospice. She offers support every step of the way, from fundraising advice, training tips, or just a coffee and a catch up. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.