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Our Adventurer Returns!

23.11.2015

If you read our ‘Fundraising the BDC Way’ blog back in October then I’m sure you’ll have been as impressed as us at our resident adventurer, Hayley Constable and her recent trek across the Sahara in aid of the Alzeimher’s Society. We caught up with Hayley fresh from her return to find out about her experience…

"As you will have seen from the last blog, I have now returned from the challenge of a lifetime!

Can I firstly thank everyone who donated and supported me! All the donations went to the amazing charity Alzheimer’s which is the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity, for anyone affected by any form of dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Starting the week we arrived in Ouarzazate, Morocco where we began our challenge at the ‘gateway’ to the Sahara; we filled up our 4 litre water packs and commenced trekking in a mild 30 degree heat. The rocky plateau was hard on your ankles and the soft sand dunes felt as though you were on a travellator going no-where. But with determination and momentum these seemingly never-ending challenges were amazing to complete.

Day two was mentally the hardest with having to fight against a four hour sand storm – I will certainly never complain about having sand on my beach towel again!  Sand in your ears, throat, eyes, finger nails…. And believe me when I say, the list goes on! After the sand storm we are met by bright sun and no breeze. At this point we all became scavengers, trying to find every tiny scrap of shade in an empty eerie desert.

The Draa Valley followed on day three; this was a former dam where the water had been released to nurture the plants, but by this point it looked like a mirage where water flowed … If only!

After day four, the longest, hottest day of trekking we were dripping with sweat and our sun hats became our best friends! We finally arrived at camp to receive local Moroccan music played by the guides, all our pains soon disappeared and we spent the night reflecting on our accomplishments.

After trekking 70 miles over the five days; sand, dirt and blistered feet were normal companions and I just knew that it was all part of the challenge to overcome.

I would not have changed a thing and would do it all again tomorrow….especially if it means raising another £1,500.00 for such an amazing charity. Thank you everyone!" – Hayley

On behalf of the BDC team we would like to congratulate Hayley on another fantastic achievement. If you would like to sponsor our intrepid adventurer Hayley’s fundraising page is still open.

Posted by Kate

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